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Harrop Fold School Reporters in Salford cover The Big Red Family Day Out

A host of famous faces, music acts and football legends came together to raise money for Sport Relief and Manchester United Foundation on 1 May 2010.

Old Trafford was the setting for live musical performances from The Saturdays, Tony Christie, Tinchy Stryder and The Hoosiers during United Relief Live: The Big Red Family Day Out.

A celebrity football match saw Manchester United legends and celebrities competing against other stars - and young journalists from Harrop Fold School in Salford were there to catch the action.

Madness and mayhem at Manchester United
By Shaun, Kyle and Adam
From Harrop Fold School, Salford

Beth interviews The Hoosiers before their live performance at Old Trafford
Beth interviews The Hoosiers before their live performance

As the bands and musicians warmed up the crowd, the Manchester United staff set up the warm-up area for the stars and the legends. The Legends and The Rivals included Denis Irwin, Olly Murs, Andrew Cole, Ian Rush and Jason Manford.

The warm-up began with The Legends and The Rivals passing the ball around the hallowed turf of Manchester United's Old Trafford.

New rules

The referee, Graham Poll, had introduced two new rules for the special charity match. The first was: receive one yellow card and be sent to the sin bin for two minutes. The second, especially for the legends, was that each half only lasted 35 minutes with a one-on, one-off rule or substitutes, or as the ref called it, a "roll on, roll off" rule.

Before kickoff, Sir Alex Ferguson met the players and the stars, completing the normal team handshakes.

The rivals kicked off the game, wearing white and the Manchester United Legends wore red. From the kick off, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick on the ball with an early break.

Manchester United had most of the early possession with lots of breaks and chances. There was an early chance for the rivals when they hit the bar, with lots of Reds' possession.

Chance after chance came for both teams but nothing happened.

Celebrities on the pitch at Old Trafford
The celebrities get ready for action

During half time, Sir Bobby Charlton was welcomed onto the pitch with rapturous applause, taking a penalty and scoring a fantastic goal. The keeper offered best of three and Sir Bobby scored two goals. Half-time entertainment was provided by Britain's Got Talent finalists, Flawless.

Hotting up

The second half began with The Rivals on a venomous break, ending with a toe-poked goal by Ralf Little, making it 1- 0 to The Rivals.

Immediately after the goal, The Rivals had another chance which was cleared off the line. The action had been stepped up; clearly the players had had a stern talking to during the half-time break.

A second goal came imminently after being chested in by Ugo Ehiogu for The Rivals, making it 2 - 0.

Following this, United staged a comeback. A cross came in, closely eyed up by Ricky Whittle who missed it, eventually going in off Ugo Ehiogu - an own goal! 2-1 to The Rivals with Ehiogh scoring at each end.

Wilf McGuiness was obviously thinking about tactics as he stopped play for a substitution, bringing on Jaap Stam, Tinchy Stryder, Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke. The crowd went wild!

Britain's Got Talent finalists, Flawless, with students
Flawless provide the half time entertainment

Many moves and chances came for United but no-one could get the equalizer. A fantastic cross went to Andrew Cole who put his header just wide of the net.

Suddenly, out of the blue, Clayton Blackmore curled a shot into the area and it hit the corner of the woodwork; Manchester United were getting even closer to an equalizer.

Extra time

Five minutes of extra time were added by the referee after Tim Lovejoy's time wasting - he clearly didn't want to be substituted.

As the end drew closer, a corner kick came in for Quinton Fortune who was pulled down in the area, giving Manchester United a last minute penalty. Fortune burred it into the top corner just as the referee blew his whistle for full time. It was 2 - 2 on penalties!

Shoot out

The Rivals had the first penalty with Jason Manford, whose goal was saved by Olmeta. In a rage, Manford ripped off his United Relief shirt revealing his beloved Manchester City shirt underneath, for which he was awarded a yellow card. Darren Campbell's penalty put United in front.

Lee Mack stepped up, but his effort was saved. Then the crowd (and our teacher's) favourite, Olly Murs came up. The whole stadium was behind him, but it amounted to nothing and his penalty was saved.

X-Factor runner up Olly Murs
Teachers' pet: X-Factor runner up Olly Murs

After two penalties each, it was 1 - 0 to United. Bradley James was next up, scoring his penalty for The Rivals with Max Beesley to follow. He hit the bar. What would his footballing friend Robbie Williams say?

Austin Healey took his spot kick, producing another great save by Olmeta.

Boyzone's Ronan Keating had his efforts saved with funnyman Patrick McGuiness taking his turn. How he wanted to see the ball hit the back of the net! However, his efforts were saved. This was followed by more of the same for The Legends.

The penalties turned into sudden death, keeping the crowd entertained in the rain. Tinchy "Striker" booted the ball right in to the top corner. After that George Lamb, for The Rivals, and Manchester's own Justin Moorhouse, for The Legends, both put their penalties into the back of the net.

The same couldn't be said for Ricky Whittle, who missed, and gave the United Relief title to The Rivals, who won by only one goal!



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