HUNDREDS turned out to watch stars from the world of showbiz and football meet in a special fundraising game to help safeguard children in sport.

On Sunday a Celebrity Football Match saw a Hollyoaks XI facing off against a side featuring the likes of former England internationals Danny Murphy and Trevor Sinclair.

The game took place at Chester FC’s Swansway Stadium and was organised to raise awareness and funds for the Offside Trust, which works to combat child abuse in sport and support the healing journey of survivors.

Also taking part in the match were former Wrexham AFC stars Neil Wainwright, Lee Trundle and Dele Adebola, as well as Alyn and Deeside Assembly Member Jack Sargeant.

Former Crewe Alexandra professional Steve Walters, who lives in Wrexham, has coached in Flintshire, and is a co-founder of the Trust, dedicated the game to survivor Billy Seymour who died earlier this year.

Last year Steve worked with the Channel 4 show as an advisor on a storyline which mirrored the experience of survivors subjected to abuse in childhood.

Speaking to the crowd before the game he said: "It means the world to see so many people here.

"We face an ongoing battle so to see so many people here supporting us is overwhelming to be honest."

Also speaking before the game, ex-Red, Neil Wainwright said: "It's a fantastic charity.

"My link to see is his dad used to coach me at Crewe many years ago.

"It's certainly close to my heart. It's a wonderful cause, which is raising awareness of what is going on in the coaching world."

Before the game the crowd were treated to performances from singers Robyn Regan, Ellie Dibben, and Rowetta.

Despite an even first-half, the Hollyoaks side ran away with the game in the second-half and ended up 7-3 winners, before a raffle and an auction were held to continue the fundraising.