Bradford City 99 3 v 4 Celebrity XI (One in a Million Charity Game)
As part of the recent opening of the One in a Million community free school, founder Wayne Jacobs arranged a charity football match at Valley Parade. The game was the first time the Bradford City Premier League promotion team of 1999 had come back together to play, as they faced a Celebrity XI.
The Bradford City team was led by former manager Paul Jewell, a number of former stars played including Stuart McCall, Dean Windass, Peter Beagrie, Gary Walsh, Gary Mills, Darren Moore and Wayne Jacobs.
The Celebrity XI included current Bradford City goalkeeping coach Lee Butler, Steve Harmison (England Bowler), Simon Grayson (Preston North End Manager), Dean Saunders, Andy Richie, Paul Heaton (Beautiful South) and Josh Devine from One Direction.
It wasn’t long before the class of 99 were rolling back the years, with Stuart McCall pulling the strings in midfield and Peter Beagrie showing his skill down the left wing.
It was Peter Beagrie’s speed and skill that left former England fast bowler Steve Harmison for dead, before his cross found Gary Mills who struck a sweet shot passed Lee Butler to give the veterans the lead.
It wasn’t long before the Celebrity XI draw level with an Andy Richie goal, the former Oldham Athletic striker found time and space in the area, to slot the ball past Gary Walsh from six yards.
The match was split into three thirty minute periods, with both sides making rolling substitutions throughout the game. It was a fairly even game with both teams playing some excellent football from the back and through midfield.
In the second period, it was the Celebrity team that took the lead following a corner that was half cleared. Louis Horne collected the ball on the edge of the area, before cutting inside Wayne Jacobs and firing an unstopped shot passed Walsh to make it 2-1.
John Dreyer then found himself on the right hand corner of the Celebrity XI penalty area, his first touch took him past the defender before he curled a past Lee Butler in goal to make it 2-2.
At the start of the third period, both teams introduced a couple of supporters who had bid to take part in the game. Ryan Williams and Adam Coulson made their day even more special when they both scored for their sides to make the score 3-3.
Four minutes from full-time former Bradford City player Danny Forrest struck a shot from 20 yards which left Gary Walsh in the Bradford goal rooted to the spot as the ball hit the back of the net to give the Celebrity XI a 4-3 victory.
After the game all of the Bradford City 1999 team members, met the supporters and signed autographs in the McCall suite before taking part in a question and answer session for over an hour.
Bradford City 99 – Walsh, Wright, Jacobs, Moore, Dreyer, Whalley, McCall, Lawerence, Mills, Windass, Beagrie (Subs) Rankin, Watson, Weatherall, Williams
Celebrity XI – Butler, Harmison, Grayson, Monkou, Law, Thornton, McGrath, Nixon, Saunders, Richie, Forrest (Subs) Heaton, Horne, Milner, Devine, Quickenden, Short, Coulson
Goals – (Bradford City 99) Mills, Dreyer, Williams (Celebrity XI) Richie, Horne, Coulson, Forrest
Attendance – 2,000