Your chance to star in Arsenal side

PUBLISHED: 11:14 16 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 May 2010

EVER dreamt of playing for Arsenal? Well, now could be your chance. The bidding opens today (Monday) for the chance to play as part of an Arsenal ex-professional and celebrity football team against Park Street School. The charity football match at London

EVER dreamt of playing for Arsenal? Well, now could be your chance.

The bidding opens today (Monday) for the chance to play as part of an Arsenal ex-professional and celebrity football team against Park Street School.

The charity football match at London Colney Football Club on Sunday, March 29, is the third time the school will face the ex-professional and celebrity team.

Included in the Arsenal squad are former players such as Perry Groves, Chris Whyte, Andy Linigan and Ian Allinson. From the world of show business are the likes of Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, actor Ralf Little, Tommy Walsh from Groundforce, former Eastenders actor Phil Daniels and Robbie Gee from Prime Suspect.

The line-up also includes international cricketer and Strictly Come Dancing winner Mark Ramprakash, international rugby star Martin Offiah and boxer Terry Marsh.

To get the chance to play with the team you must bid at least £100 for a place.

The highest bidder will get to pull on the famous shirt, warm up with the team, be included in all team photos and get to play the first quarter of the game in the Arsenal team, with a place in the Park Street team for the remainder of the match. They will also be invited to the VIP buffet after the game.

The day itself will include a children's penalty competition, a dads' penalty shoot-out and local primary school children playing six-a-side football.

There will also be face painting, bouncy castles, a raffle and a tombola, as well as other stalls and attractions. The day will start at 10am with the six-a-side and will climax with the main match at 3pm.

The event has been organised by Andrew Farley who has children at the school. He first organised a charity game involving Arsenal in 1991 when he worked on the Islington Gazette before he moved to the Gunners Magazine.

The bidding starts at midday and closes on Wednesday March 25 at 6pm.

All bids should be emailed to Andrew-Farley@sky.com who will then send regular updates on the bidding.

The bid can be from an individual or company, or raised though sponsorship.

Children under the age of 14 gain entry to the event for free and adults can get entry by buying a programme from local retailers displaying the match poster for £3, or for £4 on the day.

All of the money raised will be split between the Arsenal Charitable Trust and Park Street School. For further information, contact Andrew Farley on 01727 825853.

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