Viv Anderson - MBE
Charity Auction Allows Highest Bidder To Secure Viv Anderson As Coach For A Day
Photo by: Mark Carr

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of Manchester United’s changing room? Or perhaps you’ve pondered what tactical decisions are made to change a game from the dugout, at Old Trafford? Or you may have imagined what it must be like to be on the receiving end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘Hairdryer’ treatment? Well now’s your chance to find out exactly what goes on, in the world of professional football, from the horse’s mouth.

Brathay Trust, the national charity based in Ambleside, that helps children and young people make a positive contribution to society,has secured the services of Viv Anderson for their charity Christmas EBay Auction. The former Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, Manchester United and England star has agreed to auction his services as coach for a day, to teams in Cumbria, in order to raise awareness of the auction and raise much needed cash for the Trust.

It’s hoped that local Saturday/Sunday League sides will bid for Viv’sservices in the hope that his influence, before and during the game, alongside his imposing appearance on the touchline, will help secure a victory for the highest bidders chosen team.

Mark Bushell from Brathay Trust said: “This is a fabulously exciting Lot. Viv will not only deliver both pre-match and half-time team talks but will also analyse the weaknesses of the opposition in the build up to the game. He’s sure to motivate and inspire his side before the match and he will also deliver a thorough post-match de-brief.”

Viv, the first black player to play for England at full international level said: “Obviously during the game I’ll be shouting some football coaching  classics such as “Close him down”, “Keep it tight”, “don’t let him turn” “get into them” and the old favourite “have a go”, to keep the lads, or lasses, on their toes. Having played under Brian Clough and Sire Alex I have a few tips that I’m willing to pass on and I’m sure they’ll be keen to learn from my experience.”
Brathay has over 80 Lots up for grabs in the auction, many of which are unique, one-off experiences. Simply visit to secure an early Christmas gift for friends and family.
Viv concluded: “The Trust’s work with young people helps to improve both academic and non-academic performance and even reduces gun and knife crime within the inner cities. As a parent I fully endorse their work children and young people.”