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TOWIE and Eastenders stars urge fans to support charity game at BET365 Stadium

A former TOWIE star and a former Eastenders actor paid a flying visit to Stoke-on-Trent to promote ticket sales for a  celebrity football match taking place at Stoke City’s BET365 stadium, at 3.00pm on Sunday 26th May, 2019.

The game will see a host of famous faces including Danny Dyer, Stephen Graham, Calum Best and Lee Ryan taking to the field to raise funds for Staffordshire based charity Caudwell Children.

Caudwell Children provide practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.

And to help boost ticket sales for the event James ‘Arg’ Argent, the English television personality best known for being a former cast member on the ITVBe reality series The Only Way Is Essex, and Danny-Boy Hatchard, known for playing Danny Dyer’s son Lee Carter in the BBC soap opera Eastenders, paid a flying visit to the Vodafone call centre on Festival Park, in Hanley.

The pair posed for selfies with staff and explained to them their love of football and why it’s important to support the charity by attending the game.

Argent a keen Spurs fan says his favourite football moment came only a few weeks ago. As he explained: “Seeing Spurs beat Manchester City and Ajax to get to the Champions League was amazing, a real highlight.

“Like lots of young boys I wanted to be a footballer when I grew up so to get the chance to step out at the BET365 will be a huge thrill.

“My preparation hasn’t been what you would expect so I don’t know how much game time I’ll get, but I’ll definitely be there.”

Hatchard, a West Ham United fan who still attends games with his father, said it’s a dream to play at professional football grounds but that it was important to support a good cause. “Yes it’s really special to play at top football grounds,” he said. “But the lads who play regularly do it because we’re helping worthwhile causes, like Caudwell Children.

“They provide invaluable support to disabled children ensuring that they have access to the equipment, therapies and treatments that the need to lead happy, active and independent lives.”

The event is being organised by Sellebrity Soccer, a company run by former AFC Wimbledon record goalscorer Kevin Cooper.

The former striker is delighted to be raising money for Caudwell Children and says his business has gone from strength to strength since it was established seven years ago. As he enthused: “We now play 9-10 games a year and we recently got a crowd of 15,000 at Goodison Park, which was fantastic.

“This is the first time that we’ve played at Stoke but the lads have played at many other grounds including Swansea, Leicester, Norwich and Watford.

“It’s a brilliant family fun day out which will raise vital funds for Caudwell Children, so I would urge anyone who loves football, or loves getting selfies with celebrities, to get their ticket now.”

Tickets are priced at £6 for children and £12 for adults and can be bought online at: www.scfcdirect.com/events.aspx

Carol And Kevin Shanahan Complete The Purchase Of Port Vale Football Club

The club can confirm that Carol and Kevin Shanahan have completed the purchase of Port Vale Football Club.

The first action has been for the club to purchase Vale Park in its entirety and bring it back under the ownership of the club.

All future revenue generated within Vale Park will remain within Port Vale Football Club.

On behalf of the club, Carol and Kevin would like to thank everybody for their huge support during the process and they look forward to the future success of Port Vale.

After taking over at Vale Park, both Carol and Kevin spoke exclusively to the club, and they expressed their delight in getting the deal over the line.

Owners of local business Synetics Solutions, the duo can’t wait to get to work in their new roles as owners of Port Vale, the club they support.

Carol said: “We talk about the Port Vale family and there are a lot of people who have disappeared over the years, but one of our first aims is to get them back. 

“To me, Vale Park is the family home and we want to be proud of it when away supporters come here, so we want it to be in the best condition that it can be. It’s going to take a lot of time and there is a lot of work to be done on this stadium.

“We’ve always wanted to help Burslem and I’ve held the view that a successful football club helps its community, so we thought that if we can help make it successful then it will benefit the area – that’s what we’re going to do.”

Kevin added: “It is just a humbling and magnificent feeling all at the same time. We had almost 1,000 fans at Bury supporting a team that had just squeaked clear of relegation, and there was nothing to play for, so they are phenomenal.

“If we can just tap into that and give these people a bit of what they want, it will be an unbelievable place to be.”

Potential Purchase Of Port Vale FC And Vale Park Confirmed

The following statement has been issued by Port Vale :-

Port Vale Football Club would like to confirm that they have reached a “significant” point in the process of finding a buyer.

The Club has entered into a Confidentiality and Exclusivity agreement with Carol and Kevin Shanahan regarding the purchase of the Club and Vale Park in their entirety.

Both parties will now work together diligently to progress this process over the next 5 weeks. Port Vale Chief Executive/Secretary Colin Garlick said on behalf of the Club and the Shanahan’s:

“There has been a great deal of dialogue between the two parties over the last 10 days to reach this important point. There is still much work to be done as Carol and Kevin work through the legal process and the English Football League compliance procedure. I, along with my staff, will be doing all we can to help them during this time.”

No further statement or communication regarding the sale will be made by either party while the process is ongoing.

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