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Glasto World Cup Nets Cash for WaterAid

posted 5 Jun 2009, 03:50 by Paul Holmes   [ updated 13 Oct 2009, 10:04 ]

When two strangers met at last year's festival and chatted about having a game football in front of the Pyramid, they were thinking of a bit of a kickabout and jumpers for goalposts.

Nearly a year later, they've amassed a small army of players and cheerleaders, signed up Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs as pre-match entertainment, got a fundraiser for WaterAid well under way, and caught the attention of Emily Eavis.

Andrew Hogg, who's chat with Chaz Watson started it all off, explains. "We were at the eFestivals forum meet... and we were chatting about football... I'm a Boro fan and Chaz is an Aberdeen fan, so we were commiserating! We just thought it would be a bit of fun to have a match, nothing serious".

Back on the forum the idea took off, with teams for England and Rest of World quickly coming together. In March, they began to realise it could be a more than just a kick about, when Pat Gilbert from the Q Glastonbury Review magazine got in touch, wanting to to field some players and do some coverage. "That was the turning point", Andrew told us.

In April, Andrew and Chaz took the idea further. "We thought it would be good to have something other than just the game". They got in touch with Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, mentioned the fund raising for WaterAid, and the boys agreed to be the pre-match entertainment.

eFestivals, hosts of the forum that brought the pair together, then offered to sponsor the kit. Andrew's fundraising meanwhile was relentless and brazen. On Twitter to Jonathan Ross: "any chance of bunging in some tax payers cash"... and quickly enough 'Wossy' promptly stumped up £100 for WaterAid.

Now, with Emily Eavis showing an interest, Andrew and Chaz deserve to be proud of how their little idea has grown.

But they remain down to earth.

"We bought some kids goalposts from eBay, but they're a bit small. If people are having difficulty scoring, maybe we'll go back to jumpers."
Glasto World Cup,
Front of Pyramid Stage,
3.00 pm: Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs
4.00 pm: Glasto World Cup Kick off: England vs. Rest of World
5.00 pm: Trophy, and then off to the Cider Bus!
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