Soccer Six has been staged annually since 1995 and has featured some of the biggest names in music, TV, sport, film and entertainment. It is the world's largest celebrity football event. At past events, players have taken part for charities such as the Samaritans and the Prince's Trust.
The Cup remained on show in a cabinet in The Groucho until May 2000 when many faces old and new returned to Stamford Bridge. Our attendance record was well and truly broken yet again with over 10,000 fans cheering on the stars.
In 1999 the new trophy was unveiled and so was our fantastic new venue; Chelsea F.C.'s Stamford Bridge. The stars came out to play in our biggest line up ever and over 8000 noisy fans were there to witness it. Robbie, Damon, Mick Hucknall, Terrorvision, Ant & Dec, Mark Owen, Fat Les, Goldie and Bush got their kits on in our glamourous new surroundings. In a new trend, non music celebrities were negotiating high profile transfers into various teams, these included: Lennox Lewis, Peter Beardsley, Jamie Theakston, Chris Eubank and the cast of Lock Stock. Gail Porter, Cat Deeley and Sara Cox lit up the girl's games. Robbie's efforts were finally rewarded with a smooth passage to the final where they met Keith Allens Fat Les team. Fat Les surged to a surprising 3-1 lead with five minutes to play. Deafening roars came from Robbie's fans urging his team on in this thrilling final and almost constant pressure saw 'The Egos' just snatch back a goal with two minutes to go. However Keith Allen was the hero on the day and there was a new name on the new Cup; Fat Les! In true football style the Cup was paraded through the streets of London in Keith's London taxi cab before the team went off to celebrate properly at 'Team HQ'; exclusive celebrity haunt The Groucho.
Soccer Six returned to its spiritual home of Mile End Stadium in 1998 to create a festival of football and music. The Williams boy had really caught the Soccer Six bug and A'La Real Madrid had assembled as fine a team of musical mercenaries as the tournament had ever seen. They were warm favourites although Blur, James, Ocean Colour Scene, Space, Stereophonics and Supergrass were not going to roll over too easily! Besides the usual streakers, 'The Fastest Man in Pop' competition saw the most controversial moment of the day. Previous winners Leeroy from The Prodigy and Dominic from Reef were surprisingly beaten by a smoking, joking barefoot Finley Quaye who legged it home with the title and the trophy presented to him by Cerys Matthews of Catatonia. By passing 'Real Williams' the James team cut a determined path to the final, where they met the previous years champions Blur. In a thoroughly one sided final the champions were trounced 8-1! In true rock 'n' roll fashion the new title holders James went on to smash up the trophy with an axe and set fire to it during their celebratory party! A hastily convened disciplinary tribunal invoked our first ever suspension.
F.C.'s famous Craven Cottage in swanky southwest London played host to the third Soccer Six. By now the event was big news in the fraternity of celebrity footballers and the media. The now coveted trophy was up for grabs again and fighting for glory were, Robbie Williams, Damon Albarn, Iron Maiden, Mark Owen, Stereophonics, The Lightning Seeds, The Levellers and Shed Seven. Damon Albarn's beloved Chelsea had won the F.A. cup the day before and he turned up rather shakily on his scooter, nursing an almighty hangover. One swift 'hair of the dog' later the Blur kitted out in Chelsea blue had embarked on a glorious run. Scoring goals for fun throughout the tournament they eventually triumphed in the final, beating The Levellers 4-1, this score line included a hattrick from Iron Maiden's Steve Harris.
At Mile End in 1996 the sun shone down and over 5,000 screaming fans turned up to cheer on their favourite stars. Right at the height of their chart rivalry Oasis and Blur turned up to settle the score on the pitch. Pulp and Jarvis Cocker were back, with guest player Robbie Williams. Jarvis even flew in from Hawaii to play! This Soccer Six though will always be remembered as the day that Liam Gallagher and Damon Albarn finally came face to face on the football pitch after weeks of fighting it out at the top of the charts and in the media. Robbie Williams later guested for Liam (yes they were mates at the time) in the Oasis team in their match against Damon's Blur. It was rockers Reef however a little known and last minute entry that went on to claim victory beating holders Apollo 440 in the final.