#MatchforManchester was organised to show Cardiff's support for those affected by the Manchester terror attack. Not only did the match show how sport can be used to unite communities and inspire hope, it also raised money for those injured or bereaved by the attack.
The match took place at the Vale Sports Arena, in Penarth, and featured former boxer and Strictly Come Dancing star Joe Calzaghe and former Wales and Leicester City midfielder Matt Jones and was attended by former Wales and Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall.
The local businesses behind the match have donated all proceeds to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. Dan Sargent (Blue Stag), Dominic Broad (Pontypridd Town AFC), Gareth Jones (Welsh ICE) and Matt Callanan (Callapro Films) have raised £2000 so far, but are still looking to raise more by auctioning off a variety of signed items, including a pair of boxing gloves signed by Joe Calzaghe.
Dominic Broad, who manages local football team Pontypridd Town AFC, believes the match was a fitting tribute to the victims of Manchester: “We have regularly seen the power to bring communities together through sport, both here in Cardiff and in the great footballing city of Manchester. Thanks to our team’s experience in arranging high profile fixtures, we were able to offer our support to this great cause.
The event was a wonderful success, there was a great turnout and it was a brilliant match. Thank you to everyone who played, volunteered, came along to watch and to everyone who has donated money. Thank you to the other Cardiff-based organisations which showed their support for #MatchForManchester, including Tramshed Tech, HSBC, South Wales Police and the Vale Sports Arena, where the event took place.
If you would like to make a donation, please go to the #MatchforManchester Just Giving page.
Couldn't be prouder of everyone involved in #MatchForManchester tonight. The power of community ⚽ pic.twitter.com/ERF4A2X2fR— Dan (@DanMSargent) May 31, 2017
Thank You for asking me to be part of something so special. I loved seeing old friends & meeting New ones. #MatchForManchester pic.twitter.com/HVE17RyySk— Matt Jones (@MattJones__7) May 31, 2017
THANK YOU EVERYONE that came 2 #MatchForManchester 🙏— Matt Callanan 🎥 (@Matt_4_Good) June 1, 2017
These 2 kids were ACE! 👏😁😎
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Important football this week: our friends @blue___stag to hold a #MatchForManchester with @1MrBroad & @DamienBroad. https://t.co/C2VIrfi5Uc pic.twitter.com/BzJyL1Ikqq— I Loves The 'Diff (@ILovesTheDiff) May 29, 2017
We have some incredible people joining for #MatchForManchester tonight. Not too late to pick up your tickets ⚽ 🎟️ 👉 https://t.co/lWChtSGtDi pic.twitter.com/OWokaYVgON— Blue Stag (@blue___stag) May 31, 2017