Celebrity Charity Football Match – Hullbridge, Essex – 18 June 2017

A Celeb FC team took on a Hullbridge XI at their Hullbridge Sports and Social Club ground to raise funds for Crossroads Care, helping Brentwood and Basildon carers. Organised by Karin Flower (winner of the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award 2017), the celebrity team included Rob Lamarr (Ch5 TV), DJ Pied Piper (‘Do You Really Like It’), George Gilbey (Gogglebox), Marlon Wallen and Jason Burrill (Big Brother), Josh Croswell (model), musicians and singers J Millz and Derry Mensah, plus semi-pro footballers Paul Shelock, Callum Flanagan, Ady Thomson and Chris Jennings and also Darren Taylor (sponsor).

In stifling 30 degrees C heat the celebrities took an early three goal lead in a surprisingly aggressive game with no quarter asked or given, before the home team finally pulled back to take a 5-3 win. Injuries had effectively left the celebrity team with no substitutes which may well have played a factor in the result, but it was all for a worthy cause.

See Celeb FC for future events.

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A Game for Jayla – Dagenham & Redbridge FC – 21 May 2017

Following on from the girl’s contribution, the guys also took turns behind the mic – Sammy Leighton Clay and DJ Ironik pictured – and on the pitch. Celebrities from the world of TV and music were extremely competitive in their attempts to raise the winner’s trophy aloft, with the team led by Danny Wisker coming out triumphant. ‘Heavy D’ joined Danny to receive the trophy.

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Police use CS spray to break up football violence – Southend – 21 March 2015

Police used CS spray to break up a fight between rival Southend Utd and Cambridge Utd football fans outside The Railway pub in East Street, Southend, having been called at 19:20 Saturday evening. Three men were arrested following the clash outside the pub, which is said to have involved about 15 people. A man in his 40s from Suffolk was found on the ground with serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal London Hospital. Essex Police arrested two men on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and one for criminal damage.

The following images were taken after police had secured the scene and closed the road whilst forensic evidence was collected and investigations carried out.

Images are available for rights managed editorial use from Alamy:

Stock photography by Phillip Whalley at Alamy

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