Date:22nd May 2018 at 9:49am
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Sam Allardyce and Bradley Walsh are returning to Soccer Aid as England Manager and Assistant Manager respectively.

Allardyce, who has taken charge of more than 500 Premier League games, returns to the Old Trafford dugout having managed the Soccer Aid England XI in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Walsh, host of ITV’s The Chase quiz show, is also a Soccer Aid veteran. He first starred as a player in 2006 and, after several subsequent appearances, moved to the coaching team in 2012.

Sam Allardyce, who left Premier League club Everton only last week, said, “I am delighted to be back managing the England lads again and supporting a great cause.

“I’ve been involved for several years now but when you look at both line-ups this time, they are amongst the best I have seen.

“It will be bigger and better than ever this year. One of the parts of Soccer Aid I enjoy most is the banter with the crowd, so make sure you buy your tickets for more of the same on Sunday 10th June!”

His assistant manager, Bradley Walsh, added, “Soccer Aid for Unicef has become an institution and I’m really proud to be part of it once again.

“I’ve lived it as a player and more recently as England Assistant Manager – it is a fantastic initiative.

“Thanks to your support the game has raised, and continues to raise, millions of pounds for children in danger all around the world.

“You can help to make a difference by donating and the UK government will match your contribution pound-for-pound.”

Sam Allardyce and Bradley Walsh are the latest names to be added to an already impressive line-up of celebrities and former sportsmen signed up for Soccer Aid for Unicef this year, including: Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Eric Cantona, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, Michael Sheen, Mark Wright, Brendan Cole, Joe Wicks, Rak-Su, Clarence Seedorf, Robert Pirès, Yaya Tourè, Jaap Stam, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Sar, Kevin Pietersen, David Seaman, Dan Carter, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy, Robbie Fowler, Freddie Flintoff and Lee Mack.

England XI’s manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the Soccer Aid match in 2016.

The UK Government will match every £1 donated by the public through its UK Aid Match scheme, doubling the difference for children in danger around the world.

The international friendly match will take place at Manchester United’s Old Trafford on June 10, just four days before the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals kick off in Russia.

Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger.

One-hundred per cent of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally.

Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV, with kick-off at 20:00pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2018 Soccer Aid for Unicef football match, go to or call 0161 444 2018, with tickets priced between £10 and £50.

Visit to find out more information and follow @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Soccer Aid’ on Facebook and use the hashtag #SoccerAid for regular player and match updates.

Written by Dan Church


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