Football managers face-off in charity match

Football managers face-off in charity match

Published at 8:00am 9th April 2017. (Updated at 8:57am 10th April 2017)

Premier League football managers go head to head in charity match.

Two of Premier League football's legendary managers will face each other in a charity match in Dorset to raise money for a local foundation.

Harry Redknapp and Graeme Souness will take charge of two local sides in the match at Wimborne Town FC in aid of The Louis Ross Foundation.

The foundation was set up by Penny and John Ross following the loss of their 17-year-old son Louis who died in a skiing accident in December 2015. The aim is to help young people facing difficulties in Dorset by providing grants and support.

The upcoming football match is being held at Wimborn Town FC on 27 April and will see 'Friends of Louis XI' being managed by Graeme Souness going head to head with the 'Wimborne & Holt XI' team managed by Harry Redknapp.

Penny Ross spoke to Wessex FM about the foundation formed in her sons name and the charity football match:

"Very tragically we lost our wonderful son Louis in December 2015 in a fluke skiing accident.

"Louis was a very compassionate boy, very friendly, cared about lots of different causes. We wanted to continue Louis' memory in that vain, we wanted good to come out of the tragedy that engulfed the family. And so from our terrible tragedy a wonderful foundation has grown."

When speaking to Wessex FM about the football match, Penny expressed her thanks to all the support the foundation has received.

"We are just very fortunate to have had the support and the time given to us by two legends from the world of football and we are also very fortunate to have been given the use of Wimborne Town FC to enable us to put the whole package together. We are quite sure louis would be proud of it and we are grateful for all the support that we have."

The teams playing in the match will be made up of Louis' friends and former team mates, who promise to play a fun but competitive game.

Tickets are available now and cost £10 for adults and £5 for young people under 1
6 years of age. All tickets purchased on the website,, prior to 21 April will include a burger or hot dog.
Tickets will be available to purchase at the turnstiles on the evening of the match, but these will not include any food.
Four local businesses are sponsoring the match. The Foundation's thanks goes to: Kitchen Elegance; Dacombes of Wimborne; Champion Sports Group; and JRS Training and Assessment.

You can find out more about the match and the foundation here.