LOCAL football fans braved the weather to get a glimpse of some of the biggest celebrities in the country at the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon.
Two teams of celebrities took part in the Sellebrity Soccer match, managed by Love Island 2018 winner Dani Dyer and Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby, which was raising funds for Burton Albion Community Trust’s mental health projects.
Dani’s team was captained by her father Danny, well-known for his popular acting roles, with Joe Plant taking the skipper’s armband for Charlotte’s side.
In goal throughout the 90 minutes were two former Burton Albion stoppers – Academy manager Dan Robinson keeping net for Charlotte’s yellow-shirted side with Stuart Tomlinson in goal for Dani’s team.
Brewers legends Aaron Webster, Lee Bell and Dale Anderson also took part in the game.
The teams also featured local hero nominees James Smith and Corey Jones, and the teams were led out by the two matchday mascots; sisters Paige and Isla Kilpatrick-Screaton (click the link to read their inspiring stories).
The match finished 4-3 with some excellent moves and finishing on display throughout.
The crowd were entertained throughout by the football, as well as singalongs with X Factor star Stevi Ritchie and Nev from The Call Centre.
Head of Community Matt Hancock said: “It has been a great day. Thanks to all the celebrities who’ve come in and bought into the ethos of the day.
“It was a real fun environment for the families to come. We’ve hopefully raised a lot of money for the Community Trust to go out and deliver mental health projects.
“But at the same time it is nice to see people come to the Pirelli Stadium who haven’t been before – hopefully we might see them again.”
Kevin Cooper from Sellebrity UK said: “I’m still getting my breath back! As always, Burton Albion as a club have been amazing, as it was to have the crowd we had, and the atmosphere.
“The weather stayed with us in the end and 4-3, what a game! Both goalkeepers were unbelievable as well!
“But the main thing is we’ve hopefully raised a lot of money and awareness for this charity, which deserves it.”
Danny Dyer said: “It was a good game and it’s very important we do these things. I do love having a run-about but it’s a lot more important to raise awareness about important issues, and it’s an honour to be a part of this.
“It’s a beautiful stadium with the good people of Burton and we’ve raised a few quid.”
Brewers legend Aaron Webster, who works for Burton Albion Community Trust, said: “It’s always great to come back and play at the Pirelli Stadium, I’ve got a lot of fond memories of playing on this pitch!
“It’s been a great crowd and more importantly the proceeds are going to the mental health work of the Community Trust. It’s a great day.
“The work we do for the local community is important work. We’ve got staff who are very committed to doing the best they can and helping people around them.
“Days like this can help support and make our mental health projects even stronger.”