Wembley date for good sports nets UJIA £216,000

By James Martin, June 11, 2009
Glee cups: Robbie Earle and James Cracknell among the quiz stars

Glee cups: Robbie Earle and James Cracknell among the quiz stars

The sporting stars came out for a dinner quiz at Wembley Stadium which raised £216,000 for UJIA.

Olympic rowing double gold medallist James Cracknell, ITV football pundit Robbie Earle, former England cricketer Chris Cowdrey and steeplechaser Jo Ankier were among the 400 guests.

Host for the evening was ITV Sport presenter Matt Smith, who introduced himself as “the credit crunch’s Jeff Stelling,” a reference to the Sky Sports host and previous compere of the event, now in its 11th year.
Split into 36 teams, participants answered Who Wants To Be A Millionaire-style questions by electronic buzzer. Answers were beamed around the stadium’s Bobby Moore Room on 20 big screens.

Guests were shown a video of UJIA educational projects in the Galil, which sports group committee chair Jonathan Marks said illustrated the difference between the holiday resort of Herzliya and the situation “an hour-and-a-half up north, where people are living in far less luxurious conditions”.

Thirty auction items included a box for 15 at one of Michael Jackson’s O2 Arena concerts, which fetched £5,000. Mr Smith said afterwards that he had been impressed by “guests’ obvious passion for Israel”.

Having found the quiz “great fun”, Robbie Earle went on to sing the praises of Israeli football. “The emergence of talented players coming to England from Israel like Yossi Benayoun means British managers are keeping a close eye on players in the Israeli league,” he said.

Last updated: 5:27pm, June 11 2009