September 9, 2014 by News

Paul McStay’s Maestrio team proved too strong as they earned a 3-2 victory against Rio’s All Star team

10639523_817344951638745_9170583743717892354_nPaul McStay’s Maestros beat Rio Ferdinand’s All-Stars 3-2, with actor James McAvoy netting a penalty, which levelled the score after the All-Stars had taken a 2-0 first-half lead.

The game had former Celtic FC legend Paul McStay’s Maestros team against former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand’s All-Stars in the charity match, which raised funds for UNICEF and WAR CHILD through Celtic FC Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.

404 Not Found Around 25,000 fans showed up at Celtic Park for the return of club legend Paul McStay as his Maestros side took on a team led by former England and Manchester United captain, Rio Ferdinand.

Rio Ferdinand said after the charity match that seeing a crowd of 25.000 at Parkhead and he hailed the day a huge success.IMG_6685

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“That’s one of the reasons I like Celtic as a club as they have similarities with Man United in that they have huge respect around the world for the way they conduct themselves.”

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Ferdinand said: “I didn’t expect a full house especially after the last few weeks Celtic have had with their results and everything else that has gone on, but I trusted the people of Scotland to come out and support a good cause and they did that.

“I understood it was also a big thing for them to see Paul McStay back at Celtic so it has been a really positive day – looking back we will say it has been successful.

“We raised money and there were a lot of youngsters in the crowd and it’s kids we are trying to support so hopefully they’ll have more knowledge of that.

Rio was delighted by the fact that Paul McStay signed up and the Celtic legend was back in Paradise and in the home dressing room again.

10609405_817345044972069_5146568003291075606_nThe Celtic legend travelled from the other side of the world to captain a team of former Hoops players and famous names from the world entertainment.

“It was a wonderful occasion and the players put on a decent game and scored a few goals,” Said Paul McStay. “The fans were fantastic, and those who turned up engaged in the game and made it really fun as well.

“Sometimes you get charity games where there isn’t an atmosphere but the fans were really up for it, probably because there was a bit of quality and fun on the park as well.

“There were some stars in Rio’s team like Paul Scholes and Zola and it was great for the fans to see them. I know it’s not an intense match but they still showed some flashes of brilliance.”

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation teamed up with Celtic FC Foundation to make the special occasion happen and the net proceeds of the match is split between the two charities.

Celtic FC Foundation selected UNICEF and War Child as main beneficiaries, specifically to support their humanitarian work in the Middle East.

779Gary Stannett, CEO of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, was happy to see the outcome of the weekend and he sends a thanks to staff, fans and legends for being a part of the charity event.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with the Maestrio weekend; Paul McStay and his Maestro team, Rio Ferdinand and his All Star team, and all the staff from both the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Celtic FC Foundation and Celtic Football Club who made the event happen.

“I would especially like to thank all the supporters in Glasgow and beyond, who gave their hard earned money to the great causes at both the dinner and the game.

“It was fantastic to experience such a great atmosphere at the dinner event, around the stadium, and on the pitch – I hope everyone enjoyed themselves!

“On behalf of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation I would like to thank everyone from all of us, you have supported some wonderful charities in Glasgow, London, the Middle East and Africa. Keep an eye on our websites for details of the projects supported” Ended Stannett.

A special match pitched a mix of former Celtic players and famous fans, led by former captain Paul McStay, against a side organised by Rio Ferdinand who invited the Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s young ambassadors from London to play for his All Star team, Ade Akande and Ibrahim Kanu.DSC_0116

The former Manchester United team-mates – Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Phil Neville joined Rio’s All Star team, while retired footballers Gianfranco Zola, Paul Scholes, John Hartson and Stiliyan Petrov were also involved.

The One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, who also joined the All Star Team, frequently gets involved in games for good causes and it was confirmed last month that he’s signed up to play at Parkhead for the second time in two years.

Louis Tomlinson told Celtic TV: “It’s great, when we first started as a band we did our first few gigs in Scotland so I know how good the fans are.10676300_817344744972099_2181749109899744929_n

“I got a text asking me to play with the line-up and I was like ‘yeah, of course, that sounds incredible’.”

The One Direction member hopes the match will raise a good total for the charities.

“If people can give anything, it’s better than nothing and it’s very fulfilling as a person to know that you’re giving something back, so hopefully people give all they can.”

Unicef, War Child, the Celtic Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation were among the charities to benefit from the match in front of a crowd of around 25,000.

10647161_817345108305396_2124295531824224797_nDonning the Hoops again were the likes of Lubo Moravcik, Jackie McNamara, Tom Boyd, Stiliyan Petrov and John Hartson. Screen stars such as James McAvoy, Martin Compston, Ross McCall and Greg McHugh starred alongside them.

X-men star McAvoy, who grew up in Glasgow as a Celtic fan, was delighted to score a penalty during the match.

He said: “I’m just glad I stayed on my feet. Sometimes you can get that nervous way but I wasn’t nervous at all and just kept my head down. It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, what an honour.

“I know first-hand the work of some of the charities, which is maximum impact with minimum money, so it’s great to support them and I suppose it doesn’t really matter if I play bad at the end of the day when we’re raising money, in saying that, I scored a goal at Celtic Park so I’m quite chuffed really.”louis-tomlinson-niall-horan-1d-bday-party-16

McStay’s Maestros (4-4-1-1) Douglas; McNamara, Boyd, Johnson, McKinlay; Compston, P. McStay, Petrov, McAvoy; Moravcik; Hartson (Vennegoor of Hesselink 19)

Subs: Gould, W. McStay, Grant, Brattbakk, McAvennie, McHugh, McCall, R. McStay, Burchill, J. McStay, Farrell

Rio’s All Stars (4-3-1-2) Kuszczak; Tomlinson, Ferdinand, P. Neville, R. Little; Barton, Scholes, Morris; Zola; Yorke, Cole

Subs: Whitehall, Cullen, Alexander, Stephens, Freedman, Kanu, Akande

Signed match issue shirts from the entire squad list of McStay’s Maestros and Rio’s All-Stars are available from now 

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