Arsenal wins match Radio Northwick Park charity event

PUBLISHED: 15:56 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 20 August 2013

Both teams  (Pic credit: Hugo Denby-Mann)

Both teams (Pic credit: Hugo Denby-Mann)


Former Arsenal players showed up their current first team following their defeat to Aston Villa this weekend by winning a match on Sunday.

Adam Garcia on the pitch (Pic credit: Hugo Denby-Mann)Adam Garcia on the pitch (Pic credit: Hugo Denby-Mann)

Former Arsenal players showed up their current first team following their defeat to Aston Villa this weekend by winning a match on Sunday.

The charity event saw Radio Northwick Park take on a team of ex-sportsmen and celebrities at Harrow Borough FC where they won 18-4.

The match raised more than £6,500 making it the biggest fundraiser in the station’s 42-year history.

The Arsenal team included Jimmy Carter, Omer Riza, Chris Whyte and Louis Boa Marte while Australian actor and dancer Adam Garcia played for Radio Northwick Park.

The funds raised will be split between Radio Northwick Park, a charity that provides company and entertainment for patients within Northwick Park Hospital in Watford Road, Sudbury, and the Arsenal Foundation, a charity launched to help engage young people in the community.

Matt Blank, chairman of the foundation, said: “This day really couldn’t have gone better and despite Arsenal being the winners, as a charity we are celebrating the success we had and feel like champions.

“The players’ determination over the past few months to raise funds and train for the match has been exceptional. Also our volunteers worked amazingly as a team, which meant the day went like clockwork.”

Captain Elliot Isaacson, who scored a hat trick for the station team, said: “I am so proud of the Radio Northwick Park players. Everything they achieved, both on and off the field, was amazing and they deserve to be congratulated.”

“For me personally, playing and scoring a hat trick against a team of professional players is a dream come true, and it was an honour to captain our team.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Arsenal, who played the game in great spirits but more so everyone who came to support the team, and the charity overall - we couldn’t have done it without you.”

Arsenal lost their first Premiership game 3-1 to Aston Villa at home.

Radio Northwick Park is an award-winning hospital radio station run by volunteers and has been broadcasting since 1971.

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