I am proud to be participating inThe Celebrity Football Charity Challenge, a “pro-am” style fundraising match at Hensley Athletic Field, Eastgardens, to be played at 5.30pm ahead of the Eastern Suburbs’ men’s senior first division Grand Final. A slew of stars will join forces to kick a goal in the fight against epilepsy.
Supported by both Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) and Sydney FC, the match will combine celebrity players with sponsored amateurs – all raising funds for the cause.
Please donate now for this fantastic cause!
In January of this year, Socceroos great Brett Emerton called an end to his illustrious 18-year career, in which he gained both domestic and international acclaim for his marauding runs down the right wing. Famously turning down a trial at Manchester United in 1999 due to national team obligations, Emerton’s choice didn’t cost him, as the proud Australian went on to enjoy a successful career abroad.
The lightning quick, fresh-faced Emerton made the daunting decision at 21-years of age to make the switch to Dutch side Feyenoord after impressing for Sydney Olympic in the National Soccer League. After 111 league games for Feyenoord, Emerton made the much-anticipated move to Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League. 20 goals, and 247 league appearances later, the Australian fan-favourite elected to return home, and sign with A-League giants Sydney FC.
With 95 appearances at senior level for the Socceroos, Emerton brought significant attention to Australian football, spending 3 seasons at Sydney FC before calling quits on a remarkable career. Undoubtedly one of the nation’s modern greats, Brett Emerton will long be remembered for his contribution to Australian football.