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United stars’ perfect deliveries

Players take aid to lockdown homes as club organises special quiz fundraisers

14 May, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Candi United’s Jon Morris, who lives in Kentish Town, and skipper Joel Williams, who grew up in Islington, delivering packages for Life After Hummus

FOOTBALL manager Nick Wigmore is used to posing big questions and coming up with key answers on match days.

But now the Camden and Islington United FC player-boss has swapped his tactics board for pen and paper to play quiz master, and raise funds for a “community benefit society” in Somers Town.

Nick, who lives in Highgate, and his “Candi United” teammates have been supporting Life After Hummus during the coronavirus lockdown.

Members of the squad have been helping to deliver free food supplies and everyday household items to residents in the St Pancras and Somers Town, King’s Cross and Regent’s Park wards.

On top of that he is also hosting online football quizzes on Saturday nights, and has already raised almost £1,000 for Life After Hummus, which Candi United have offered to double.

There will be another round of questions this Saturday at 8pm, and Nick, 38, wants people to get in touch and “join in the fun”.

He said: “We’re always looking for more people to get involved. We only ask that they make a donation to Life After Hummus if they can.

Camden and Islington United FC player-boss Nick Wigmore

“If they call me or send me an email I’ll give them the details, including how to donate via a direct bank transfer or using PayPal.

“We understand that everyone is in a different financial situation, so if you can’t afford to donate then get in touch anyway as we want as many people to take part as possible.

“We’re not handing out any prizes, it’s just for fun and to raise money and awareness for a good cause. And to give people in lockdown some much-needed entertainment.”

Explaining why the club picked Life After Hummus to get behind, Nick added: “One of our midfielders, Jamie King, is a youth worker in Somers Town and he alerted us to their cause, and the team immediately wanted to help out. So far we’ve raised almost £1,000, and the football club is going to double that up to the tune of £2,500, so giving a fiver is actually like donating £10.”

Candi United were on course for a third-place finish in Division One of the Middlesex County League before the outbreak of Covid-19 cut their first season short.

That campaign has since been null and voided, but Nick says the squad will be ready and raring to go when the time is right.

He added: “We recovered from a bad start to the season to get up to third in the table. Our goal next season will be to win promotion to the Premier League, which we can achieve with the players we’ve got. We also want to launch a women’s team next season, starting with seven-a-side and building up to 11-a-side.

“However, for now we’re just waiting on word as to when it’s safe for football to return.”

• To join this Saturday’s football quiz, which gets under way online at 8pm, call Nick on 07725 340541, or email info@candiunited.com

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