Goodison to host charity match in memory of Bradley Lowery

Wednesday 26 July 2017  12 Comments  [Jump to last]

In celebration of the life of Bradley Lowery, Everton are hosting a charity football match at Goodison Park on Sunday 3 September.

The celebrity charity game has been arranged in conjunction with the Lowery family and the Bradley Lowery Foundation and, with the assistance of Sellebrity Soccer, will see a host of celebrities lace up their boots for the match which will benefit the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community.

Young Sunderland supporter Bradley won the hearts of football fans across the country and around the world during his brave battle against Neuroblastoma.

Gemma Lowery, mum of Bradley, said: "I appreciate Sellebrity Soccer putting in the hard work to get the football match arranged to raise funds for the Bradley Lowery Foundation. As always, Everton has been amazing in letting it happen at Goodison Park. The support is fantastic."

The match has been inspired by Bradley's love of football and the Club is proud to be able to host the fixture. Evertonians formed a special bond with the youngster, initially during Everton's match at Sunderland in September 2016 and then when he was a guest at Goodison Park for two matches in January and February this year.

He accompanied the Everton team onto the pitch ahead of the Blues' game against Manchester City in January wearing his Sunderland kit – and was also the Black Cats' mascot for the Everton v Sunderland fixture in February.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “There's little that I could ever add to the tributes to Bradley, that have already been fulsome throughout the world of football – and onwards. I didn't know him for long. But from the second he walked out onto the pitch with his beloved Sunderland Football Club against us, I felt an overwhelming “Blue” need to support him. Farhad and my Everton colleagues immediately supported that need.

“How can you ever tell how much a six year old appreciates, even loves, your support. You can't really – but he was the loveliest lad. Still an imp – but with the biggest heart!! He told me pretty shortly after he sat in my seat at Goodison, that he would rather be with his Sunderland friends, so hastily left the Directors Box!! Only to give me a hug at the end of the game, and say that Everton was his second team, and that made the pain of losing to us a little bit easier!

“We kept in touch with his magnificent family throughout the weeks and months that he battled like few 6 year olds, and I will treasure forever the little goodnight videos he sent to me. I was so privileged to know him – and his family – for the brief time I did, and I know Evertonians like me, all felt privileged that little battling Bradley Lowery, adopted us as his second Club.

“Everyone at Everton feels honoured to support this match to celebrate the short life of one of football's all-time greats - There's Only One Bradley Lowery.

“But you know there might not be. And if there's any other young kids out there, whose families are facing the problems that Bradley's faced, and they too could find some solace in the welcoming arms of their Football Club, it is football's privilege to welcome them without hesitation. To follow Bradley's lead! We should – and I know we will. It's still, and always should be, the Beautiful Game.”

The celebrity fixture will be played on Sunday 3 September, kicking-off at 3pm and will feature a host of celebrities. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and will be available on from week commencing 31 July. Details on availability and how to purchase tickets will be released by the Club in the coming days.


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Will Mabon
1 Posted 26/07/2017 at 07:23:04
Not to be cynical, but I can't help thinking a match with Sunderland, perhaps with past players from the teams for interest, might've made a more complete and fitting tribute to the lad... with some "Celebrities" added only if the family wanted it that way.

Maybe Sunderland themselves have some plans for later, too.

Kevin Moorcroft
3 Posted 26/07/2017 at 08:23:53
As usual we are first class in any community or welfare type business. Bill's a lot to do with this and I take my hat off to all concerned at EFC.

It's amazing what Mr Moshiri's money, business acumen, and presence has generated in the past months. We are getting back to were we belong and Evertonians are walking about with a sense of pride of regeneration and optimism. Silverware will come to put the icing on the cake and of course the new stadium has us all really buzzing.

What a time to be involved with EFC!!!

Bobby Mallon
4 Posted 26/07/2017 at 08:27:17
Let's just fill the ground.
Terry Underwood
5 Posted 26/07/2017 at 10:42:39
Can't get there. Is there an address for donations?
Geoff Evans
6 Posted 26/07/2017 at 16:27:45
If anybody doubts Everton are a big club remember this gesture and the man who made it. Humbling.
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:36:58
This club always makes me so proud.
Dave Lunt
8 Posted 26/07/2017 at 19:37:52
As per previous comments, acts like this show what a great football club we have!
Tom Evans
9 Posted 26/07/2017 at 20:54:47
For my amusement, I glance at the Daily Mail online versio,n particularly the sports section.

Yesterday,after the announcement the comments left about the club's gesture were amazing. Apparently we are lots of other clubs' fans' second team.

Nice one, Everton.

Steve Ferns
10 Posted 26/07/2017 at 21:12:28
Let's make sure the stadium is full.
David Pearl
11 Posted 27/07/2017 at 02:14:01
I will go if I'm in the country (who wants to see celebrities play football when you're not a teenager)?

But it's all about Bradley. So quickly gone... February's game seems like yesterday.

Geoff Evans
12 Posted 27/07/2017 at 07:55:12
Will be away when game is played, but will pay for tickets for Dad (or Mum) and child to go if club posts address to donate.
David Graves
13 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:06:16
Got to love this club of ours.

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