The Castlewood Group “Battle of the Reds” Tour – Singapore 2015

Date: 14th November, 2015
Location: Singapore National Stadium
Kick Off: 19:00
Winners: Liverpool Masters

The Castlewood Group (CWG) Battle of the Reds was held in Singapore from the 9th to 15th November 2015.

The Castlewood Group were the title sponsor for the event along with many other notable names such as:

Official Hotel – Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Official Car – Porsche
Official Alchohol provider – Nuevo Vino
Official Apparel – Mafro
Others: 1-Altitude, Qatar Airways, Great Eastern, le Drink, Singtel TV, Jurong Country Club and oneFM 91.3

Masters Football put together two Masters teams for the much anticipated CWG Battle of the Reds tour to Singapore. Both Liverpool and Man Utd Masters boast some world class names including Robbie Fowler, Steve Mcmanaman, Louis Saha and Ronny Johnsen. With both squads evenly matched – it promised to be a real exhibition of world class legends going head to head in what is still the biggest football rivalry globally! This is also the first time these two magnificent clubs are playing an 11-a side match anywhere in Asia!

The CWG Battle of the Reds is a unique event where fans and sponsors have an opportunity to mix closely with their footballing legends.
A packed, 4-day itinerary including kids soccer clinics and a corporate golf day were arranged in support of the big game! Giving locals lots of opportunities to mingle with their heroes all over Singapore!

Match Report

Bragging rights went the way of the Liverpool Masters in the Castlewood Battle of the Reds clash as they beat their Manchester Utd counterparts 2-0 in a thrilling encounter. The first time these two great British clubs have met in Asia for an eleven aside game – over 27,000 locals came in full voice to The Singapore National Stadium to witness this historic occasion.

The match started off on a sombre note, with a minute’s silence held in honour of the victims of the Paris terror attacks. All players also wore black armbands as a mark of respect. Once the game started, the stadium transformed in to a cacophony of noise as supporters belted out hearty renditions of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Glory Glory Man Utd” – with every fan decked in their club’s respective shade of red, the local crowd created an atmosphere which season ticket holders in “The Kop” or “Stretford End” would have been proud of!

The players themselves made some noise on the field. Spanish forward Luis Garcia opened the scoring for Liverpool after 20 minutes, sending a looping header in to the top corner of Nick Culkin’s goal following a great cross from full back Jan Kromkamp. German midfield maestro Didi Hamann sealed the win late on with a trademark long-range pile driver.

It was clear to see that class is permanent as many of the legends rolled back the years with some slick passing, dynamic skill and the will to win against their arch rivals! Steve Mcmanaman ran the game from midfield, regularly spraying cross-field passes perfectly to the feet of his teammates, while Utd legend Louis Saha showcased tricks and flicks reminiscent of the days when he was one of Europe’s most feared centre forwards – at one stage the 37-year old hitman shimmied past four opponents only to see his effort deflected wide! The Red Devil’s best opportunity fell to Keith Gillespie who saw his volley acrobatically saved by charismatic Pole Jerzy Dudek.

Liverpool drew first blood and Man Utd are sure to fight back in next week’s Battle of the Reds in Bangkok!

Itinerary

10/11/2015

  • Players and staff land at Changi airport Singapore
  • Collected by fleet of chauffeur driven Porsche’s and taken to Marriott Tang Plaza
  • Press conference
  • 1Altitude welcome dinner and drinks

11/11/2015

  • CWG soccer clinic and autograph session at Tanglin Trust school
  • Team lunch @ The Exchange
  • Castlewood Group office visit – autographs, photographs and table tennis tournament
  • Sponsor dinner at The Exchange followed by Q&A session with some legends

12/11/2015

  • Castlewood Group Golf day
  • Sponsors lunch and golf presentation
  • Standard chartered cocktail party @ Grand Hyatt
  • ION meet and greet session (autographs and photos)

13/11/2015

  •  Match highlights – Castlewood Group Battle of the Reds – Liverpool Masters v Man Utd Masters

Final

Liverpool Masters

Luis Garcia
Didi Hamannn

2 -

Manchester United Masters

0

Awards

Man of the Match:
Steve Mcmanaman

Golden Boot:
Luis Garcia

Team Squads

Liverpool Masters

1 Jerzy Dudek goalkeeper
2 Stephane Henchoz defender
4 Steve Harkness defender
6 Jan Kromkamp defender
5 Phil Babb defender
3 Bjorn Tore Kvarme defender
15 Patrik Berger midfield
25 David Thompson midfield
9 Robbie Fowler forward
7 Steve McManaman midfield
11 Vladimir Smicer midfield
8 Michael Thomas midfield
37 Jari Litmanen forward
14 Ian Rush forward
16 Dietmnar Hamann midfield
10 Luis Garcia forward

Manchester United Masters

1 Nick Culkin goalkeeper
2 George Switzer defender
8 Russell Beardsmore defender
3 Lee Martin defender
4 Paul Parker defender
6 Ronny Johnsen defender
32 Bojan Djordjic midfield
5 Lee Sharpe midfield
7 Keith Gillespie midfield
11 Jesper Blomqvist midfield
16 Ben Thornley midfield
23 Clayton Blackmore midfield
37 Quinton Fortune midfield
15 Karel Poborsky midfield
9 Louis Saha forward
14 Andrei Kancheslkis forward