A team from the Skills Company, supplemented by McFly front man Danny Jones, has taken part in the BBC Sport Relief ‘Battle of the 5 a Sides’ marathon.
The match, between BBC 5 Live, led by Robbie Savage, and Match of the Day captained by Alan Shearer, outside BBC MediaCityUK in Salford started at 09:15 am on Thursday 3 March, and ends on Saturday at 18:15pm, 57 hours later. About 1,000 people will play 30 minutes alongside pundits Savage and Shearer. The 57-hour duration of the epic encounter was chosen since it is the equivalent of a Premier League club's entire season.
The Skills Company team played under Robbie Savage’s BBC 5 Live banner, and took to the pitch at 9.15 on Thursday evening. They were joined by Danny Jones from pop band McFly, who was playing for 12 hours non-stop. Among the ex-professional players taking part were Nigel Martyn, former Leeds, Everton and England goalkeeper, Ian Harte, who played for Leeds and the Republic of Ireland, and ex Sunderland and England player Michael Gray.
Team captain Wik Morrell said: “We won our first game 9-2, and we were then asked to play another game an hour later as one of the teams hadn’t turned up. Our legs were going a bit by then but we still managed a 3-3 draw. It was brilliant to play alongside such great players and to take part in an event that will raise a huge amount of money for such a good cause.”