Blackburn Rovers legend to help raise thousands for Help for Heroes
Blackburn Rovers great Matt Jansen will join former team-mate Michael Gray in the line-up for Football for Heroes, a charity football match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on Sunday 4th May to raise money for UK military charity Help for Heroes.
The event will see a British Defence Medical Services team take on a recently-retired Legends' XI, with Jansen joining a host of ex-Premier League stars, including former Everton pair Alan Stubbs and Lee Carsley, who also played for Rovers, as well as Midlands icons Dion Dublin, Ugo Ehiogu and Darren Huckerby, in signing for the Legends’ squad.
Alongside the 90-minute spectacle, supporters will be able to socialise in a specially created family fan zone, before and after the game, which will see a number of Armed Forces-led activities taking place.
There will also be performances on the day from the Military Wives choir and military bands, and, following the match, a dinner and auction will be held at the stadium to celebrate the inaugural event.
Tickets for the match can be purchased in advance for just £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s, with further discounts available for family and student tickets. Anyone wishing to secure a seat can visit www.footballforheroes.co.uk.
Further members of the legends squad will be announced in due course.
Jansen, who played over 150 times for Blackburn, scoring 44 goals, said: “It’s obviously a fantastic cause and hopefully we can get a few bums on seats to raise a good amount for charity.
“I’ll be travelling down with Michael Gray. Me and him are still relatively young compared to some of the guys so hopefully – or unfortunately – we’ll be doing more of the running! It is great to meet up with ex-players and people you’ve been friends with in the game. It’s good to have a get-together, especially at a charity event.
“I know a few people who have been in the Army but they haven’t suffered like some. Help for Heroes and the Defence Medical Services do a fantastic job and without these people our country would be a mess. They don’t get the credit they deserve and events like this will hopefully bring that recognition.”