Tonight promises to be a very different but fun night for popular snooker presenter Colin Murray.
The Eurosport host has managed to get a team of former football pros together including former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen to play in a special game to raise funds for struggling Chester FC.
In recent times Murray has earned rave reviews for his presenting style on Eurosport’s live snooker coverage, especially with his on-screen banter with the likes of Jimmy White and Ronnie O’Sullivan.
But tonight will see former Radio 1 host Murray looking to raise as much cash as possible for the club he has had a close affinity with for many years. The match will see Murray’s all-star team face a side of former Chester FC legends.
The game is taking place after cash-strapped Chester FC revealed last month it needed to raise £50,000 to stop going out of business.
Most of that money has been raised as things stand thanks to previous fundraising events and generous donations from fans – but more is needed to give the club a long term future.
As well as Michael Owen, Liverpool legend Ian Rush and former Premier League stars Jason McAteer and ex-Birmingham City and Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison, will be turning out for Murray’s side. Former Manchester United and Chester defender, now Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham will be among others taking part.
The Chester Chronicle reports that around 1,500 people will be attending tonight’s game at the Swansway Chester Stadium which is a 7.45pm kick off.
Murray told the newspaper: “I know that the club is close to raising the £50,000 they need in the short term but the more we can raise the more we can help add to the fund and stabilise the club and help it secure a more long term future.
“I’m not a Chester fan in the traditional sense, I’m a Liverpool fan, but Chester is a football club that I have a close affinity for and one that I have great deal of affection for.
“If we can get people coming down to the ground on Thursday with smiles on their faces and looking forward to a game then we have done something right.”
Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s, and are available by calling 01244 371376. It is also pay on the night at the turnstiles.