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Coleen Rooney attends fundraising Football For Change Gala 2022

Coleen Rooney, Tina O’Brien and Brooke Vincent were in attendance on Thursday evening as sporting greats rubbed shoulders with showbiz royalty on behalf of the Football For Change Gala 2022, in partnership with MailOnline. 

With husband Wayne currently in the United States while he coaches struggling MLS side DC United, Coleen enjoyed a night on the red carpet at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground, a stone’s throw from where so many of his trophies were won. 

Opting for a form-fitting black evening gown, the mother-of-four, 36, looked typically glamorous while posing for photos before making her way inside ahead of the charitable event. 

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has raided his contacts book and pulled together an all-star line-up to raise money for projects up and down the country through Football for Change, which MailOnline is supporting. 

The initiative has already raised £350,000 through a celebrity lunch and then a dinner, held at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, last November. Thursday’s black-tie gala in Manchester aims to raise the bar even higher and rake in another £350,000 for the cause. 

And the ladies certainly raised the bar in the fashion stakes, with Coleen wowing on her thigh-skimming black mini dress which featured a one-shouldered design with a chain detail.

There she is: Coleen looked fantastic as she graced the blue carpet

Fabulous: The ladies certainly raised the bar in the fashion stakes, with Coleen wowing on her thigh-skimming black mini dress which featured a one-shouldered design with a chain detail

Details: She teamed the number with towering black and diamante heels and dazzling earrings and toted her essentials in a black clutch bag

Details: She teamed the number with towering black and diamante heels and dazzling earrings and toted her essentials in a black clutch bag

She teamed the number with towering black and diamante heels and dazzling earrings and toted her essentials in a black clutch bag. 

The TV personality swept her brunette locks into an elegant bun for the evening, while upping the glam with a sleek palette of make-up.

Meanwhile, Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien turned heads in a bubblegum pink gown which featured a daring thigh split.

The actress, 39, who portrays Sarah Platt in the ITV soap, looked effortlessly glam in the flowing gown which she teamed with a sparkling gold clutch bag and coordinating gold heels.

Hot stuff; Meanwhile, Coronation Street star Tina O'Brien turned heads in a bubblegum pink gown which featured a daring thigh split

Hot stuff; Meanwhile, Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien turned heads in a bubblegum pink gown which featured a daring thigh split

Pretty in pink: The actress, 39, who portrays Sarah Platt in the ITV soap, looked effortlessly glam in the flowing gown which she teamed with a sparkling gold clutch bag and coordinating gold heels

Oh hello: The soap star showed off plenty of leg in the thigh-split dress

Pretty in pink: The actress, 39, who portrays Sarah Platt in the ITV soap, looked effortlessly glam in the flowing gown which she teamed with a sparkling gold clutch bag and coordinating gold heels

Gorgeous: Her blonde locks were styled into a half up, half down 'do, while she highlighted her features with radiant make-up including a sweep of pink lip gloss

Gorgeous: Her blonde locks were styled into a half up, half down ‘do, while she highlighted her features with radiant make-up including a sweep of pink lip gloss

Style: Coleen swept her brunette locks into an elegant bun for the evening, while upping the glam with a sleek palette of make-up

Style: Coleen swept her brunette locks into an elegant bun for the evening, while upping the glam with a sleek palette of make-up

Her blonde locks were styled into a half up, half down ‘do, while she highlighted her features with radiant make-up including a sweep of pink lip gloss. 

Her former Corrie co-star Brooke, who played Sophie Webster, also pulled out all stops for the evening, wowing in a low-cut strapless black dress. 

The actress, 30, engaged to West Bromwich Albion player Kean Bryan, added a silver encrusted egg-shaped bag to her look, with her brunette tresses styled into an elegant up ‘do. 

It was a strong night for Coronation Street favourites as former star Lucy Fallon was also in attendance. 

The actress, 26, who played Tina’s on-screen daughter Bethany Platt, looked stunning in a strapless, layered mini dress which she teamed with bright pink heels which feature a huge bow detail.

Looking who it is: It was a strong night for Coronation Street favourites as former star Lucy Fallon was also in attendance

Looking who it is: It was a strong night for Coronation Street favourites as former star Lucy Fallon was also in attendance

So glam: The actress, 26, who played Tina's on-screen daughter Bethany Platt, looked stunning in a strapless, layered mini dress which she teamed with bright pink heels which feature a huge bow detail

So glam: The actress, 26, who played Tina’s on-screen daughter Bethany Platt, looked stunning in a strapless, layered mini dress which she teamed with bright pink heels which feature a huge bow detail

Couple: Lucy accessorised her look with a black YSL clutch bag and gold jewellery and happily posed alongside boyfriend Ryan Ledson

Couple: Lucy accessorised her look with a black YSL clutch bag and gold jewellery and happily posed alongside boyfriend Ryan Ledson

Stylish pair: Also representing the glam ladies of Weatherfield were Samia Longchambon, who stunned in a chic brown dress, while attending with pro skater husband Sylvain Longchambon

Stylish pair: Also representing the glam ladies of Weatherfield were Samia Longchambon, who stunned in a chic brown dress, while attending with pro skater husband Sylvain Longchambon

Lucy accessorised her look with a black YSL clutch bag and gold jewellery and happily posed alongside boyfriend Ryan Ledson. 

Also representing the glam ladies of Weatherfield were Samia Longchambon, who stunned in a chic brown dress, while attending with pro skater husband Sylvain Longchambon. 

Elsewhere, Claire Sweeney looked typically glamorous in a white in a striking white jumpsuit which featured a flowing frill detail down the side.

While MP Angela Rayner ditched her formal work attire and instead opted for a glamorous emerald dress and sparkling pointed heels for the evening.

She teamed her green dress with a matching featured fascinator, with her auburn locks tumbling down her shoulders in soft curls. 

Meanwhile, Love Island stars Scott Thomas and Jacques O’Neill swapped their trunks for sharp tailored suits as they attended the gala.

A bit of all white: Elsewhere, Claire Sweeney looked typically glamorous in a white in a striking white jumpsuit which featured a flowing frill detail down the side

A bit of all white: Elsewhere, Claire Sweeney looked typically glamorous in a white in a striking white jumpsuit which featured a flowing frill detail down the side

Look who it is: Labour MP Angela Rayner also made a welcome appearance at Thursday evening's event in Manchester

Look who it is: Labour MP Angela Rayner also made a welcome appearance at Thursday evening’s event in Manchester 

Making the effort: She teamed her green dress with a matching featured fascinator, with her auburn locks tumbling down her shoulders in soft curls

Making the effort: She teamed her green dress with a matching featured fascinator, with her auburn locks tumbling down her shoulders in soft curls

With comedian Jason Manford scrubbing up well in a smart black tux.

Man of the moment Jamie, who is behind the event, looked dashing in an all-black ensemble as he posed alongside host Vernon Kay. 

Jamie Carragher joined forces with current players Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Everton’s Conor Coady and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, to launch the campaign in 2021, when the Covid pandemic was isolating young people in Liverpool and in cities across the UK. 

Sky Sports colleague and former Manchester United and England full back, Gary Neville, is on board, while Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham is a supporter, along with Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard and England’s Euro 2022 winners, Beth Mead and Toni Duggan, plus Spurs’ Lucas Moura and MOTD pundits Alan Shearer, Peter Crouch and Gary Lineker. 

Dapper: Meanwhile, Love Island stars Scott Thomas and Jacques O'Neill swapped their trunks for sharp tailored suits as they attended the gala

Dapper: Meanwhile, Love Island stars Scott Thomas and Jacques O’Neill swapped their trunks for sharp tailored suits as they attended the gala

Dressed o impress: With comedian Jason Manford scrubbing up well in a smart black tux

Dressed o impress: With comedian Jason Manford scrubbing up well in a smart black tux

Leading the way: Man of the moment Jamie, who is behind the event, looked dashing in an all-black ensemble as he posed alongside host Vernon Kay

Leading the way: Man of the moment Jamie, who is behind the event, looked dashing in an all-black ensemble as he posed alongside host Vernon Kay

Diehard Manchester City fan, Noel Gallagher will be the headline act at the swanky bash with his High Flying Birds and Melanie C and Emeli Sande are also providing entertainment with individual sets. The whole show will be compered by Vernon Kay.

‘Money-can’t-buy lots’ have been donated for a live auction by David Beckham, Formula 1, Robbie Williams, Calvin Harris and BT Sport. 

‘It’s going to be a great night,’ said Carragher, whose efforts are bolstered by business leaders, including Ardonagh Retail CEO Ian Donaldson, and public relations executive, Dan Hughes

‘It’s a fantastic initiative, that is going to help, hopefully, working class kids get into employment in lots of different ways. There are lots of football players behind it up and down the country and I am proud to be a part of it,’ added Carragher, 44, who has been committed to charitable work in and around Liverpool, since hanging up his boots, but this has the potential to be even bigger.

FOOTBALL FOR CHANGE

Football for Change was launched last year by Jamie Carragher, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to help young people from social and economically challenged backgrounds build better futures

A major social mobility initiative backed by football superstars, including Gary Neville, Jude Bellingham, Steven Gerrard, Anthony Gordon, Lucas Moura, Peter Crouch and Alan Shearer. the campaign has also joined forces with Noel Gallagher ahead of a spectacular fundraising event in Manchester next week.

Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Carragher, who is the co-chairman of FFC, has been a driving force behind the charitable crusade which aims to lift young people from disadvantaged backgrounds out of poverty with life-changing opportunities in education and employment.

Sir Rod Stewart is patron of the initiative.

Since launching in November last year, Football For Change has raised £350,000 and is aiming to double that at next week’s star-studded fundraiser.

Noel Gallagher is the headline performer with his High Flying Birds and Melanie C and Emeli Sande are also providing entertainment with individual sets.

Vernon Kay is host while exclusive money-can’t-buy lots have been donated for a live auction by David Beckham, Formula 1, Robbie Williams, Calvin Harris and BT Sport.

Football legends, business leaders and celebrities will be in attendance at the event which is headline sponsored by Swinton Insurance.

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