Stars kick off for charity match

IT will be football . . . but not quite as we know it.But the players of Murray Rangers will be hoping to have the last laugh as they take on a team of comedians, TV stars and former sports heroes – aiming for a win to set the seal on a day of fundraising fun.

IT will be football . . . but not quite as we know it.

But the players of Murray Rangers will be hoping to have the last laugh as they take on a team of comedians, TV stars and former sports heroes – aiming for a win to set the seal on a day of fundraising fun.

The line-up for singer Jess Conrad's Showbiz XI will not be known until the big day, but it could include quite a few family favourites.

Jess's squad includes Family Fortunes host Andy Collins, former Coronation Street bad boy Chris Quinten, ex-Ipswich Town star John Wark, comedian and actor Shane Richie, ski-jumper Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards, former EastEnders actor Ross Davidson, and comedian Stan Boardman.


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Others include John Major impersonator Peter Friel, boxer Gary Mason, and former footballers Gerry Armstrong, Luther Blissett and Steve Watts.

The match is being staged as part of Murray Rangers FC's charity fun day on Sunday at Westerfield House in Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich.

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The fun starts at 9.30am on a day packed with entertainment and events to raise cash for the Ipswich Blind Society, St Felix Home for the Blind at Felixstowe, and Action Research.

One of the highlights will be Superstars, based on the popular 1970s TV programme, as 12 sportsmen from Suffolk, including stars from karate, rugby, basketball, kick-boxing, rowing and triathlons, take part in nine different events to test skills, stamina and strength.

These will include brick lifting, basketball scoring, 50m sprint, standing triple jump, football skills, tyre race, and a round of sit ups, squats, steps and parallel bar dips, to win points.

Superstars organiser Dean Gould said the event – which begins at 10.30am – should offer some great family entertainment.

"We did a similar event in Felixstowe last year and everyone really enjoyed it and wanted to do it again," he said.

"This time we have changed some of the events but hopefully it will be really challenging and be a good competition."

Mr Gould will attempt to break one of his own world records by catching a football on the back of his hand – his record is 78ft 9in from kick to catch.

Co-organiser Clem Turner said: "We hope the whole afternoon will be a great event – we reckon we could attract 1,000 people but we are hoping for 3,000.

"The showbiz football match kicks off at 3pm and should be well worth watching and lot of fun."

Other events include army assault course, stalls, beat the keeper, karate and gymnastics displays, and bouncy castle.

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