JD18 Crowned EFF Charity Cup Champions 2017

October 04, 2017

The England Footballers Foundation hosted our annual 8v8 football tournament this September with an array of teams and legendary football managers vying for the coveted title under the floodlights at The Hive, London.

Legend Managers including Wayne Bridge, Mark Bright, Luther Blissett, Liam Rosenior, Marcus Gayle, Graham Roberts Steve Sedgeley, Paul Allen, Graham Stack and Matt Murray all came together at the event in support of EFF charity partners Unicef and The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

Theo Walcott and Calum Chambers were once again in the mix – both guiding their teams to the latter stages of the Cup tournament but it was Jermain Defoe’s team ‘JD18′ , managed by England Attacking Coach Allan Russell, who took the title this year.  Calum’s ‘Chicken Tiki Taka’ ran the ‘JD18′ team close in a thrilling Cup Final which ended 3-2 and JD18 crowned worthy winners by none other than former England Manager Glenn Hoddle.

EFF Charity Cup 2017 at The Hive, Barnet. 21st September 2017, Photography by Matt Wing

Above: JD18 celebrate one of their three goals in the final against Calum Chambers’ Chicken Tiki Taka. (image courtesy of Matt Wing)

This year’s Plate competition was won by Official EFF Kit Supplier Nike, managed by Don Hutchison, who beat Jody Morris’ Signature Allstars 3-1 in the final.

We would like to extend our thanks to Nike for supplying the kits for every team, Official England Supermarket LIDL for supplying water for the teams and The Hive, London for their hospitality in hosting the event.

The EFF Charity Cup will return in September 2018 so to register your interest early please email: david.shevel@1966.com

Watch this space for highlights and action shots from the night and make sure you’re following @EFFCharity on twitter, facebook and instagram.