Pop star Murs will be in Coggeshall side to face Blues in pre-season friendly
The Witham-born singer and songwriter, who finished runner-up in X Factor in 2009 and returned to host the show last year, trained with Coggeshall last season and played several games as he looked to get fit to play in the Soccer Aid game at Old Trafford in June.
Murs, whose latest single, Don’t You Know Love, is out today, is a massive football fan and was a semi-professional with Witham Town for a couple of years before injury struck - and his music career took off.
“Olly is nephew to my assistant manager, John Pollard, and has been a family friend of mine for many years,” Coggeshall owner and manager, Graeme Smith, told the Club website.
“He has loved every minute of his time with us and has now started to get involved with the club off the pitch as well.
“Olly really believes in what we are trying to do here and wants to play his part. The club was struggling for 20 years or so but over the last two years we have made great progress.
“We’re an ambitious club. We have won back to back promotions, now play in the Eastern Counties League First Division and our aim is to get into the Ryman League as soon as possible.
“We have played Ipswich twice in the last three years and I know Olly and the rest of the lads are looking forward to the game coming up. It will be the highlight of our pre-season and I’m sure it will be a great night.”
As well as a pop star and some possible future Town first-team players in action, it’s hoped that a couple of Blues legends will also be at Coggeshall’s West Street ground on the night, with the game kicking off at 7.00pm
“Graeme is a big supporter of our Academy here and has sponsored age groups for five years,” former Blue and now director of Academy sponsorship, Simon Milton, explained.
“Graeme has got Coggeshall going forward as a club and I’m sure they will give our young players a good game.
“With Olly playing, there will be that X Factor - sorry I couldn’t resist that - and I’ve also invited Terry Butcher, Alan Brazil and a number of other ex-players to come along on the night.”
Tickets for the game are available on the gate.
Photo: Olly Murs, Graeme Smith and John Pollard with more silverware for progressive Coggeshall Town