Super Dad Alan Earns a Spot at Soccer Aid 2019
Soccer Aid is the world’s biggest charity football match, and this year, none other than our very own Alan Sexton took part in the star-studded event at Stamford Bridge in Chelsea.
In May, ITV’s This Morning announced it was seeking nominations for a super dad to be a ‘super-sub’ at Soccer Aid. With a winning nomination from his wife and son, Alan was chosen to compete in a penalty shoot-out against another deserving dad for the opportunity to play at this fantastic event.
Alan was nominated by his son, Freddie, after overcoming a tough battle with stage four Hodgkins lymphoma. In his nomination video Freddie, Alan’s 7-year-old son said: “Last year my daddy had to be incredibly brave as he was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkins lymphoma. “After six rounds of chemotherapy he got told the best news of being in remission. We are so lucky to have our daddy after all he has been through.”
After winning the penalty shoot-out (impressive for a goal-keeper) Alan quickly found himself taking part in a training session at Stamford Bridge, and then proudly took his place as part of the England team for the big day. Walking out in front of 41,000 spectators at Stamford Bridge would be quite something, but Alan was put at ease by the Ex Pro’s, who went out of their way to make him feel part of the team and let him soak up the experience.
Lucky enough to get 5 minutes at the end of the game, playing with and against some of the legends of football was such a well-deserved experience.
In Alan’s words:
“This was an absolute dream come true, sharing a pitch with heroes of mine such as Joe Cole, Eric Cantona & Roberto Carlos and walking out in front of 41,000 people was absolutely amazing. All the Ex Pros were so welcoming, especially John Terry and Joe Cole. They made it for me as they put me at ease and could not have made me feel more a part of the team if they tried. I want to give a special mention to my wife as without her none of the last 18 months would have been possible, and she deserves all the credit for making it happen on Sunday and being there for me throughout my treatment. A massive thanks to my son for his thoughtful nomination and for ITV for giving me this truly unforgettable experience”
Soccer Aid for UNICEF raised an incredible £6.7 million, the biggest on the night total and £1million more than last year, what an achievement.
A massive well done to Alan, his family, and everyone else involved.