Soccer Aid was held at Stamford Bridge for the first time this year and a record-breaking amount of £7.9 million was raised to help children all over the world.
Thanks to the generous support of the public, including supporters at the Bridge, corporate partners, a host of celebrities and the UK government – who matched donations up to £3m – the star-studded match surpassed previous records. £1.1m more was raised compared to the 2018 fixture, with everything going towards Unicef’s vital work around the world saving lives and helping children grow up happy, healthy and able to play.
Bruce Buck, Chelsea Chairman, said: ‘Everyone at Chelsea Football Club was thrilled to host Soccer Aid 2019 and help contribute to a record-breaking year for money raised. Working with charities is ingrained as part of the culture of our club and we are delighted to be able to help support more communities at home and abroad.’
A sold-out Stamford Bridge witnessed a 2-2 draw featuring former Blues Didier Drogba, John Terry, Joe Cole, Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Essien, Glen Johnson and Katie Chapman. Soccer Aid World XI eventually prevailed 3-2 on penalties meaning it was Drogba and co left celebrating at the end of a wonderful night in SW6.