The Jet2 and Mambo all stars met for the second year to compete for bragging rights in a charity football match, this year raising funds for Ibiza’s APNEEF charity for disabled people.
The match was held on Saturday 21st September and a big crowd turned out to see Mambo’s team of mainly ex-professional footballers, including ex premier league and la liga players, take on a Jet2 team comprising mainly current UK soap opera stars.
Even those without a great understanding of the game may immediately see something of a flaw in the balance of talent between the two teams, and for the second year running the score reflected this in Mambo’s pros beating the boys from Corrie, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale by 5 goals to 2.
Though we feel sure that Jet2 boss and late sub Steve Heapy would love to have the trophy on his office bookshelf for the year, it is fair to say this was a match competitively played, but with the taking part and spirit more important than the result.
Mambo went into an early lead after 8 minutes with a sweet goal played out of defence by Campo, onto Finidi George who then combined with his fellow frontman to score with an ease that did not bode well for Jet 2. Mambo doubled their lead after 15 minutes, and by half time had increased the scoreline to 4-0 – including a Campo free kick score from just inside his own half having caught the Jet2 keeper off his line. We did wonder if the Mambo para-wing man might have turned up with intentions of scoring a spectacular volley, but alas he was all smoke and away.
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Jet2 certainly had their moments, but I regret that as a non soap devotee I have no idea who should be in line for our praise. Perhaps we can safely assume it was the younger and fitter, which would be Hollyoaks right? Those who could have named the stars were too busy getting selfies and skyping relatives at home, “look Mum, I’m with Kirky off Corrie”, to be of help. As always, the stars were totally cool with any request for photos, autographs, and i’m pretty sure a marriage proposal.
Jet2 came out for the second half with renewed vigour, or Mambo took their foot off the gas, you can take your pick, but probably a bit of both. It had an effect and having brought the score back to 4-2 there was anticipation of a shock comeback, however with Mambo’s 5th went any last hope of the Jet2 fly-boys, and attention was turned to the raffle with a huge amount of prizes on offer.
The event raised a whopping 14,000€, over twice that of 2018. Congratulations to Mambo, Jet2, and the many companies and organisations that were involved in making the event such a success.