Clive has been a member of the Parliamentary Football team since he was first elected. Over that time the team has raised many thousands of pounds for a variety of charities (see picture right from a charity game played at Wembley just beofre the ground closed for rebuilding). They have played against all kinds of sides ranging from the press to other national parliaments. Clive is a member of a group of parliamentarians travelling to Germany during the first weekend of the World Cup.
Clive says: “The UK Parliamentary team is travelling to Germany to play two football matches, raising at least £10,000 for two charities. The first game is against the German Regional Assembly (Hessische Landtag) in Frankfurt, on Friday. We will be inviting them to play a return match here in the UK.
The second game is against our old enemy, the press. The fixture against the journalists will be played for the National Grid Challenge Trophy and after the game the UK Parliamentary Football Club will present a cheque of £5000 to the Journalists’ nominated Charity and £5000 to the Geoff Thomas Leukaemia Appeal.
That evening we will watch the England v Paraguay match. The tickets for this are supplied by McDonalds, the official sponsors of the Football Association.
I have donated the value of my ticket to the charity Sport Relief and like every other member of the team I have paid for my own flights and hotel accommodation. McDonalds has tickets because they are the official sponsors of the Football Association. McDonalds had no means for us to purchase the tickets from them which is why I have donated the money to charity.
I have played in many matches of this kind and have played my part in raising thousands of pounds for charities. I am very lucky to have been given the privilege to do something that I enjoy, whilst at the same time raise money for some very important causes.
As a member of the football group in parliament I have had the opportunity, along with MPs from all parties, to meet with the FA, the Metropolitan Police and Sven Goran Eriksson to discuss issues relating to the World Cup. In these meetings MPs have raised concerns about the allocation of tickets to England fans, crowd security and ways of preventing known football hooligans from travelling.
In our meeting with Sven at the House of Commons I was able to say to him that this is probably the best squad of players since 1970 possibly even 1966. I think we have more strength in depth than at the last World Cup and I believe that with a little luck England can go all the way.”
See second picture (top) which shows the team plus manager Lawrie McMenemy presenting a cheque from match sponsors the National Grid to Stephanie Moore, Bobby Moore’s widow who set up the cancer charity the Bobby Moore Fund as a tribute to her late husband.
For more informatrion on the Bobby Moore Fund, click here