Charity football match for building trade lookalikes

Building trade workers who resemble footballers are being asked to sign up to a charity five-a-side match, to be shown on Sky TV.

Building materials supplier Screwfix, which is organising the game, said it would make a generous donation to BBC Children in Need as a ‘thank you' to the participants. The firm is also promising that the match, to be played in September, will offer plumbers who have run out of steam the chance to develop lucrative sidelines as lookalikes.

John Mewett, marketing director of Screwfix, sounding unnervingly like Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan, said enthusiasm was more important than talent. "This is the sort of opportunity that many of us can only dream of, with untold bragging rights down the pub," he said.

Electricians who look like Manchester City manager 'Sparky' Hughes or carpenters who resemble Celtic full-back Lee Naylor will no doubt be particularly welcome, but even unskilled labourers aren't ruled out - especially if they are a dead ringer for former Chelsea and Juventus midfielder Didier Deschamps, whose role in the 1998 French World-Cup winning team was famously described by Eric Cantona as that of "water carrier".

Expect a bit of argy-bargy, though, about which team gets to call themselves the Hammers.


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