Soccer Aid: Chelcee Grimes pays tribute to Hillsborough victims with ‘97’ shirt

Chelcee Grimes

Soccer Aid star Chelcee Grimes sported a shirt with the 97 on the back as a tribute to Hillsborough victims in last night’s charity match at the London Stadium. 

The singer, songwriter and presenter was born in Liverpool and played for the Merseyside club’s junior age groups as a 10-year-old. 

Grimes, who wore a similar shirt in 2021, came on as a first-half substitute for the World XI as Arsene Wenger’s side beat England 4-1 on penalties.  

Aside from playing for Liverpool, Grimes also spent time with Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Tranmere Rovers and Merseyrail Ladies FC. 

But she has always remained in touch with her Merseyside roots and tweeted her support to the 97 fans who lost their lives in 1989 during last night’s half-time interval. 

“For you Liverpool Football Club. We won’t forget,” she wrote. 

Who is Chelcee Grimes? 

Grimes is best known for being a songwriter and has written hits for established pop stars including Kylie Minogue, Dua Lipa, Olly Murs and Jonas Blue. 

Having initially played for Liverpool during her childhood, she hung up her boots to pursue a music career at the age of 16. 

Two years later, she signed a four-album deal with RCA Records, though she was dropped after 12 months. 

Away from music, Grimes is also a presenter and has hosted shows for the BBC and COPA90. 

Mark Noble with Chelcee Grimes

Since 2019, she has co-presented the Match of the Day spin-off show MOTDx on BBC Two and also commentated on the semi-final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. 

Grimes had said in the past she wanted to be the first woman to ever score at Soccer Aid. However, despite her best efforts, she failed to find the back of the net at the London Stadium. 

What happened in Soccer Aid? 

This year’s Soccer Aid saw the World XI claim the bragging rights for the fourth successive time. 

TikTok star Noah Beck opened the scoring for Wenger’s side before TV personality Mark Wright equalised for England from the penalty spot.

Musician Tom Grennan then put England in front early in the second half, only for former Love Island star Kem Cetinay to make it 2-2 and send the game the distance. 

Soccer Aid

Beck, Cetinay and Martin Compston all converted their spot-kicks for the World XI, but Grennan and Russell Howard failed to score their respective penalties. 

Comedian Lee Mack then had the chance to win it for the World XI and he duly obliged. Mack had previously played for England at Soccer Aid but switched his allegiances this time round. 

In total, the charity match raised more than £15,000,000 for UNICEF –– the highest amount in Soccer Aid history.

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