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Elton John fund-raising concert for soccer team


July 01, 2004

LONDON — Pop star Elton John is planning a fund-raising concert next year to help his beloved Watford buy back its stadium.

The performance is scheduled for June 18, 2005 at Vicarage Road, with all proceeds going toward the division one club. An entertainment license has yet to be granted.

John, a lifelong fan, resigned as Hornets chairman two years ago. He's still the life president.

"I last performed at Vicarage Road in 1974, and it was a memorable occasion," John said in a statement Wednesday.

"I'm really looking forward to this show."

Watford was forced to sell the stadium in July 2002 and only escaped administration when players and staff agreed to a wage deferral last year. It still plays at Vicarage Road but leases the ground.

The team needs to raise 6 million pounds ($US10.8 million) to get the ground back.

"I know that the club is still facing financial difficulties, but I am confident Watford will come through," John said. "The key is that the ground must be owned by the club."

Watford chairman Graham Simpson welcomed the move.

"This is absolutely fantastic news," he said. "It not only demonstrates Elton's continued affection for the club, but will give the Watford public the chance to see one of the greatest live performers in the world."

Watford finished 16th in the division last season. – Sapa-AP


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