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Win One of Three Places To Play Alongside A Host Of Celebrities & Dale Legends At Joe Thompson's Testimonial

4 July 2019

Club News

Win One of Three Places To Play Alongside A Host Of Celebrities & Dale Legends At Joe Thompson's Testimonial

4 July 2019

TV celebrity Mark Wright signs up to play in Joe Thompson’s Testimonial. WIN one of THREE places to play alongside Mark and a host of other celebrities as well as Dale LEGENDS past and present!

Television personality Mark Wright is the latest high profile name to sign up to play in Joe Thompson’s testimonial match on Sunday 21st July 2019 at the Crown Oil Arena (kick-off 2pm).

With the game fast approaching, Joe himself has decided to offer three lucky Dale fans the chance of a lifetime to play in the game alongside a host of other house hold names and Rochdale Legends such as Gary Jones, Chris Dagnall, Matt Gilks and many more. The Celebrity XI already includes former Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba, ex Chelsea and Leicester City defender Frank Sinclair.

The game is being organised in partnership with the club, Joe himself and former Rochdale CEO James Mason via FIVE NINE AGENCY to celebrate Joe’s life as a player and to raise both money and awareness for The Christie.

There are three ways to win a place in the game as detailed below:- (*You must be over the age of 18 to play in the game)

Competition 1 – Traditional prize draw
Simply buy a ticket in advance before the 17th July to automatically be entered into the draw with the winner chosen at random. The lucky winner will be notified directly. If you have already purchased your ticket, do not worry, your details will be entered automatically (*if you need proof of purchase please contact the club directly).

Tickets can be bought in person at the Ticket Office at the Crown Oil Arena or online at

You can also buy and pay for tickets over the phone by calling 01706 644648 (option 8). There are no fees on telephone bookings.

Admission prices are as follows: -
Adults - £10
Concessions (65+ and 21 and under) - £5
11 and under - £1

The Main Stand and Smith Metals Family Stand will be open for the fixture.

Competition 2 – Social media challenge
Your second option is to film yourself, friend or family member explaining to Joe why you or they deserve to play in the game. That’s right, whether on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other, post your video with the hashtag #JoeKicksCancer copying in the following accounts


You may be Joe’s biggest fan, a life-long Dale supporter or simply want to show off to your friends and family!

The best entry will win and the winner notified directly.

If you want to e-mail your entry please send to

Competition 3 – Auction

Your third and final option to win this once in a lifetime opportunity is via auction. The highest bidder wins with the closing date again being the 17th July.

All you have to do is e mail your bid to

So who is confirmed as taking part? The teams are shaping up as below:

Joe Thompson’s Rochdale XI
Joe Thompson
Gary Jones
Chris Dagnall
Gareth Griffiths
Nathan Stanton
Simon Ramsden
Tom Kennedy
Adam Rundell
Matt Gilks
Kallum Higginbotham

Celebrity All Stars XI
Mark Wright – TV shows include The Only Way is Essex and many more
Fabrice Muamba – ex Bolton Wanderers
Frank Sinclair – ex Chelsea, Leicester City and Jamaica
Steven Reid - ex Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, West Bromwich and Ireland
Febian Brandy – ex Manchester United

The day will be full of surprises and celebrations with fair rides, face painting and fun for all the family.

Further star names to be announced in the next few days so to keep up to date with all information please keep visiting this website and follow these accounts on Twitter @JJL_THOMPSON @OFFCIALLYDALE @FIVENINE_AGENCY & @JAMESMASON_78

Hospitality is also available for the fixture. Click HERE for more details.

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