A CROWD of more than 13,000 people turned out at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of Bradley Lowery in a celebrity charity match held in his honour.
Thousands of people descended on the home of Everton Football Club for a star-studded football match which saw ‘Bradley’s Blues’, playing in an Umbro kit in Everton colours (Bradley’s second team), take on ‘The Lowery Legends’, who also donned an Umbro kit but in Sunderland’s colours, the team Bradley supported.
Bradley Lowery won the hearts of football fans around the world during his brave battle against neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer, before his sad passing in July aged six. Prior to kick-off the crowd, celebrities and the Lowery family paid their respects with an emotional minute of applause.
Managed by TV personality Katie Price, ‘The Lowery Legends’ ran out 7-3 winners in a thrilling goal-laden game on an emotion-filled afternoon. Ex-Spurs midfielder and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Jamie O’Hara bagged a hat-trick for ‘The Lowery Legends’. The rest of the goals for Katie Price’s side came from Love Island’s Chris Hughes, Jez Lynch from the F2 Freestylers and rather fittingly Bradley Lowery’s uncle, Andrew Summerbell, who was representing the Lowery family on the pitch.
Singer Olly Murs netted from the spot for Peter Reid’s ‘Bradley Blues’ as well as Soccer AM’s Tubes and Coronation Street actor Shayne Ward. Former Everton and Sunderland players turned out for both teams on the day including Graham Stuart, Tony Hibbert, Alan Stubbs, Micky Gray and Alex Rae.
Gemma Lowery, Bradley’s mother, wanted to thank the supporters who turned out to watch the match including those who watched online as well as everyone who donated to the Bradley Lowery Foundation. Prior to the game Gemma said: “Thank you so much for everything that everyone has done, it has made an unbearable time a little more bareable. Knowing that we are getting so much support encourages us to move forward with our lives and continue all the good work with the Bradley Lowery Foundation.”
The rain on Merseyside did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of fans inside the stadium who were treated to pre-match and half-time entertainment from the likes of Simon Webbe from Blue, New Power Soul and Liv ‘n’ G.
The charity game was arranged in conjunction with the Lowery family and the Bradley Lowery Foundation and, with the assistance of celebrity football organiser Sellebrity Soccer, will see the funds raised from the match and fundraising activity, pre-during-and post-match, benefit the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community.