06 September 2020 20:38
He's known for getting a laugh or two but will Jason Manford be taken seriously on the pitch? The comedian is set to join the Soccer Aid 2020 line-up when the charity football match takes place on Sunday. We last saw Jason being unveiled as the hedgehog on bonkers ITV singing competition The Masked Singer, in which he finished in second place to winner Nicola Roberts. The Salford star has had a long and varied career from stand-up comedy to TV roles and now musicals. (Image: ITV) Jason, 39, was due to tour with musical mystery comedy Curtains before the coronavirus pandemic.
But due to many of his work commitments being put on the back burner, he spent time helping out as a driver as well as home schooling six children. And when his Tesco job application got rejected, he got offered a role at Iceland and headed to help out the supermarket with some of their deliveries. Back to Soccer Aid though, viewers may be confused that Jason, who was born and grew up in Greater Manchester, is lining up for the World XI side. This may be because of his Irish roots as Jason's grandmother was born in Dublin and moved to Manchester in the 1950's with his grandfather. The charity match raises money for Unicef, which helps to support the organisations vital work protecting children in the UK and globally.
This year the charity will also recognised the impact coronavirus is having around the world. Jeremy Lynch will be hoping for third times a charm as he takes part in another Soccer Aid match on Sunday. And he has a pretty good track record having scored the opening goal for England in 2018 and last year sent crowds at Stamford Bridge wild by scoring a Soccer Aid brace. This time he will be lining up for the World XI at Old Trafford as the big charity match returns to Manchester. (Image: PA) For those who are aware of Jeremy, his success on the pitch may come as no surprise as he is a world-renowned football freestyler, widely regarded as one of the best at what he does. Together with friend Billy Wingrove, they run F2 Freestylers Ultimate Soccer Skills Channel on YouTube, which has tens of millions of followers across all social media platform. However Jeremy first came to people's attention back in 2008 when he made it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent. As for being back with Soccer Aid, Jeremy will join the likes of Paddy McGuinness, Joe Wicks, Olly Murs and Ashley Cole in the match which is broadcast live on ITV. The charity match, which raises money for Unicef, will also this year recognise the impact coronavirus is having around the world. As a result, this year, every £1 donated is automatically trebled thanks to the UK Government and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.