FA150 ambassador Olly Murs's team taught Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 side a footballing lesson in a challenge match at St George's Park on Monday morning.
The National Football Centre showdown, arranged on air after Murs called Grimshaw’s Breakfast show programme, ended with Team Murs running out convincing winners.
“I don’t think we expected to win 11-1 but it was just a really good laugh. It was great to play against Robbie Savage and also to play with David May,” explained the pop star.
The Troublemaker singer, a former semi-professional player with Witham Town, played most of the game as a centre forward showing no shortage of impressive touches. His most memorable moment was a smart finish past Grimshaw in the first half.
Murs said: “I had some good moments. I think my best moment was when I nutmegged Chris [Stark] from Radio One and then stuck it into the bottom corner. But we had fun and that’s what it was all about.”
Unlike Murs, ‘Grimmy’, who started the game in goal for the Radio 1 side, confessed he was a footballing novice and admitted that the kick-about was much harder than going to the gym.
“It’s made me appreciate the game more. It’s really hard. There’s the back page: football’s hard,” joked Grimshaw, who likened Murs’s ability to that of Argentina’s famous No10.
“I think Olly’s was definitely the better team. He does all that mad Maradona stuff.”
Before the game the pair were put through their paces using the Perform training facilities at the £105m centre leaving Murs.
“St.George’s Park is an amazing place and has all the facilities here. Before the game we used everything on offer including the pool and the underwater treadmill. It’s given us a great day out,” added Murs.
“It’s been great to be an ambassador for The FA’s 150th year, I’m really enjoying it. I always wanted to do something to associate music and football and this has been something which has been brilliant and great fun."