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SHOWBIZ stars scored a big hit at Liverpool FC yesterday when Anfield hosted the Music Industry Soccer Six tournament to raise money for the Samaritans.

Thousands of screaming fans were not disappointed when the teams, including Westlife, LibertyX, So Solid Crew and Ant and Dec, stepped on to the pitch.

For Warrington-born Kerry Katona it was an enjoyable trip to home territory with her baby daughter Molly.

Ex-Atomic Kitten Kerry and her husband Bryan McFadden, from Westlife, looked happy and relaxed following recent newspaper claims of a split.

The couple hit the headlines when a lap-dancer claimed to have had a fling with McFadden on his stag night. But he and Kerry looked closer than ever as they enjoyed their day out at Anfield.

TV presenters Ant and Dec were the ultimate winners on the day, beating hip-hop outfit So Solid Crew 4-0 in the final. But they had a bit of help thanks to a hat-trick from Brookside star Philip Olivier, who plays Tinhead.

Ant McPartlin said: ``It's a brilliant day. Who wouldn't want to play at Anfield if they got the chance?''

Graeme Sharpe, former Everton star, was drafted in to play for So Solid Crew, who saw a spate of gigs cancelled across the country after a shooting incident at one of their nights.

He said: ``I don't really know who they are - but they're playing well!''

Former Liverpool stars John Barnes, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish also stepped in on the day.

LibertyX were enjoying a great day - not only playing at Anfield, a big treat for Liverpool-fan Kevin Simm, but also officially receiving the news of their first number one hit, Just A Little.

Jamie Murphy, formerly of the band Space and now with his new group Firehead, reached the semifinals playing in Goldie's team.

Around 10,000 fans came out for the Soccer Six day, which was organised by local media including the Liverpool ECHO, Radio City, Radio Merseyside, Channel One and Mersey TV.


HAPPY TOGETHER: Kerry Katona and her husband Bryan McFadden, right. Mark Owen of Take That and John Barnes battle for the ball, above. Ant and Dec enjoy Anfield, below; FANS-TASTIC: The crowd went wild for stars such as Jessica from LibertyX, right
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 20, 2002
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