Soccer Aid never fails to provide us with some hilarious moments, but this year Neil from The Inbetweeners stole the show before the game even began.
Soccer Aid 2018 happened last night (June 10); the annual get-together involving renowned footballers teaming up with celebrities for a charity kickabout.
Robbie Williams returned to the pitch as captain of the England team, while Usain Bolt captained the ‘Rest of the World’ team.
Among others, the teams included stars such as Paddy McGuinness, Mark Wright, Olly Murs, Jamie Redknapp, Phil Neville, Gordon Ramsay and Freddie Flintoff.
Of course, it would be impossible to forget Blake Harrison, otherwise known as Neil from The Inbetweeners. Blake ensured he stood out next to the rest of the celebrities even before kick-off.
— ITV (@ITV) June 10, 2018
As the camera pans across the line-up for the England team, capturing the serious faces of the players, Blake can be seen smiling somewhat manically as the camera passes him by.
Of course, this left viewers in hysterics, some of them sharing their thoughts towards Blake’s expressive face.
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) June 10, 2018
— Anthony Ward (@AnthonyWard10) June 10, 2018
While Blake might have come across as not too serious about the upcoming event, by the end of the game he had proved himself worthy. Acting as England’s dark horse, Blake scored the winning penalty for the team.
The Inbetweeners‘ star tweeted his delight at scoring the goal and playing in the game, saying it was a dream come true.
What a feeling! Schoolboy dream come true!
What a feeling! Schoolboy dream come true! Thank you @socceraid @UNICEF_uk & everyone who donated to such a worth cause!!
The most important thing is we’ve improved the lives of so many children across the world! X https://t.co/O0SGLVtipd
— blake harrison (@blakeharrison23) June 10, 2018
Blake’s goal and the hilarity of the whole situation was loved and supported by The Inbetweeners’ fans.
Neil from the inbetweeners scoring the winner in soccer aid is the most British thing ever
— lotty (@Lotty_Noke) June 10, 2018
When you realise Neil from The Inbetweeners has scored as many goals at Old Trafford as your £90m ‘superstar’ ??? pic.twitter.com/syZwRj2FtH
— Fab & Nab (@fabXnab) June 11, 2018
Soccer Aid is great.
Where else would you get Eric Cantona coming on for Yaya Toure, passing the ball to Usain Bolt, who dribbles past Freddie Flintoff.
Only for it to go to penalties to be won in sudden death by Neil from The Inbetweeners.
— Kevin Kane (@kevinkane325) June 10, 2018
Disappointed Neil from inbetweeners didn’t whip out his dance from off the film when he scored the winner
— ryan (@ryaansyversoon) June 10, 2018
After an exciting 90 minutes, the teams were drawing at 3-3. The game went to penalties, where after some successes and some failures, Blake made the winning shot, bringing the England team to victory and sending the fans wild.
— Soccer Aid ⚽️ (@socceraid) June 11, 2018
Soccer Aid was a great success, managing to raise over £5.5 million for UNICEF and achieving their highest ever attendance for the game.
Fans of the game were excited to see how the celebrities fared during the 90 minutes, and the players themselves weren’t averse to giving their opponents some tips.
Mo Farah, the United Kingdom’s most successful distance runner, tweeted Usain Bolt, the world record holder for the 100 metre sprint, teasing him about being able to last the whole game.
Finally I can announce that I’ll be playing in socceraid for UNICEF-uk at Old Trafford… Remember usainbolt, it’s a marathon not a sprint!
Finally I can announce that I'll be playing in @socceraid for @UNICEF_uk at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June. Remember @usainbolt, it's a marathon not a sprint! ?
Get your tickets now at https://t.co/rMX9hAVJkc or call 0161 444 2018 #SoccerAid #TeamRobbie pic.twitter.com/KUkKv4oKvr
— Sir Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) March 15, 2018
Bolt ensured fans and his opponents were reminded constantly throughout the game just how fast he was, with his 100 metre sprint speed, 9.58 seconds, doubling up as the number on his shirt.
Despite his speed, Bolt still couldn’t quite catch up to the England team when Blake stepped up to the penalty spot.
Blake even shared a video of the team celebrating and singing on their coach ride after the game.
When the coach ride turns into a concert!
— blake harrison (@blakeharrison23) June 11, 2018
Olly Murs was so excited about the win, he just had to take all of his clothes off. Posting to Instagram, Murs wrote ‘It’s big, it’s round, it’s shiny, and i’ve finally got my hands on it’.
Thankfully, he was referring to England’s Soccer Aid trophy.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.