Date: 26th February 2018 at 12:21pm
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How would you like to ‘Live The Dream’ at the Stadium of Light and take part in a truly memorable 90 minute match on the hallowed turf?

Well now’s your chance as Football Aid – – are offering fans the unique opportunity to play at the Stadium of Light on Sunday 20th May 2018, while raising valuable funds for charity at the same time.

Football Aid have been organising charity games for over 16 years now and are regarded as the original and best in delivering the ultimate pitch day experience. The game offers fans the unrivalled opportunity to experience a matchday in the same way the likes of John O`Shea, Lee Cattermole, Joel Asoro and the rest of the squad do every other week.

As a player you’ll get the chance to pull on your exclusive personalised Sunderland AFC replica shirt in the official changing rooms, experience the thrill of walking down the tunnel to the sound of a cheering crowd and step out onto the hallowed turf proudly sporting your official playing kit and represent the Black Cats in a never to be forgotten 90 minutes of football!

To add to that, the matches at the Stadium of Light have also been supported by a host of fantastic club legends in recent years, with the likes of Micky Horswill, Gary Bennett, Niall Quinn, Thomas Butler, Darren Holloway (and many more) all lending their extra special support by playing alongside or managing the fans on their big day.

Positions are available for Bidding from just £155 and securing a position couldn’t be easier! Just visit and choose the Sunderland AFC game game, you’ll then have two options: Opt 1: Bid to Play – Enter your Maximum Bid and if you’re the highest bidder when the position closes you’ll win a place on your Field of Dreams, or Opt 2: Buy Now – Close the auction early and secure your place with a one off payment. Positions close at regular intervals throughout the bidding period, the first of the positions closed on Tuesday 13th February and final positions closing Wednesday 14th March.

Sunderland fan John Mulliss took part in a previous year and told Football Aid about his experience after the game:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Football Aid staff, my fellow players and everyone else who was involved on the day. The whole experience was outstanding; from relaxing in the players lounge, to walking into the dressing room and seeing my kit hanging there. Not only was the day very special to me personally it was great for my family who saw me run out in the strip and take part in a great match, my granddad was beaming the whole time! 3-3 was a fair result as well as no one deserved to be on the losing side.

Sadly my football talent is very limited but I was pleased overall, if I was feeling slightly indulgent I would claim an assist for the equaliser as I played Gary Bennett in to score. Once again thanks to everyone who contributed.”

So if you’re keen to secure a place on your Field of Dreams this season, why not visit and sign up today! If you’d like any additional information, you can call Football Aid on tel: 0131 220 5999, e-mail:, post on their Facebook page: or send a tweet to @FootballAid.

Since forming in 2001 Football Aid have allowed over 17,800 football fans the chance to Live the Dream in 674 matches all over the UK and Europe, while raising over £2.3M for charity. The unique concept was the brainchild of businessman and Football Aid Founder Craig Paterson and funds raised from this year’s event will benefit the work of a charitable project nominated by Football Aid’s parent charity Field of Dreams.


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