A very special figure will be taking their place in the dug out at Sixfields today at the Celebrity Soccer match in support of Niamh’s Next Step & raising awareness of NeuroBlastoma in the shape of world famous comedian Alan Carr.
Alan, known for his hugely successful Chatty Man show on Channel 4, is one of the biggest comedy stars in Britain. He has a glittering CV, including being named the winner of the 2015 National Television Award for Best Chat Show Host, picking up a 2014 Royal Television Society Award for Best Entertainment Performance, he won a 2013 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance and a 2013 British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.
Alan is the son of former Cobblers boss and current Northampton Town Associate Director Graham Carr who was also Kettering Town manager, and the two will manage a celebrity team each at Sixfields supporting the charity Niamh’s Next Step which was set up in memory of Wellingborough girl Niamh Curry who died from neuroblastoma a rare form of childhood cancer when she was just five in 2012.
Some of the stars lined up to play in the game include Calum Best, Shayne Ward, Jake Wood, Dean Gaffney, Lee Ryan, Lee Latchford-Evans, Simon Webbe, MC Harvey, Tubes and many more!
“We are delighted that we will be welcoming Alan Carr down to Sixfields in April,” said Cobblers Chairman Kelvin Thomas.
“We are very proud to be staging this game in Northampton and to able to raise funds for a fantastic Northamptonshire charity.
“It’s been great getting to know Graham, and Alan is very much a Northamptonian of course having grown up in the area and we are very excited that he has chosen Sixfields to make a public appearance back in the town, helping to boost what we hope will be a fantastic event for the town.”
Alan himself added, “Although football was never really my thing, I have a lot of memories of spending many an afternoon at the County Ground when my Dad was manager of the Cobblers, so, even though the club have moved to Sixfields, attending this game will bring back memories of my childhood.
“The Cobblers have obviously been a huge part of my family through my Dad and I am looking forward to helping the club raise some funds for an excellent charity.
“I can’t say I have too much football knowledge, I will leave that to my Dad, but I am excited about seeing as many people at Sixfields as we can supporting a superb cause.”