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Legendary Footballer John Barnes Coaches a Young Damian Lewis

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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 24, 2022

We have long suspected and can now definitively share that the photo above, which has been floating around the internet since 2015, is indeed a young Damian Lewis. A little backstory for you – Damian recently shared on The Anfield Wrap podcast with Andrew Heaton that he and some of his pals were coached by legendary footballer John Barnes during his Watford days. Since Barnes played for Watford from 1981–1987, that would make Damian somewhere between the ages of 10-16 during that timeframe.

To narrow down Damian’s age even more, video of The John Barnes Story documentary (26:20 in), which originally aired in 2015 on ITV 4 as part of the Sports Life Stories series, states Barnes found time to coach on the green playing fields of Eton College during his career and we know Damian attended Eton for five years, between ages 13-18. The documentary also states Barnes provided coaching sessions at Eton for “the under 14’s.” My guess, Damian is probably between the ages of 13-14 in this photo. We’d like to thank football fan Simon Corney for his initial clue shared on Twitter back in April, 2015. And finally, we’d like to thank Andrew Heaton who confirmed with the Fan Fun Team that the photo is in fact, Damian. Mystery solved 🙂 And if you need more confirmation, John Barnes confirmed himself:

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Damian Lewis on The Anfield Wrap’s Podcast

Desert Island Goals

by Andrew Heaton | The Anfield Wrap | June 23, 2022

Damian Lewis recently participated in The Anfield Wrap podcast with Andrew Heaton to discuss the three goals that decorated his time supporting Liverpool and mean the most to him, as well as chatting about his career to date. To listen to the entire one hour podcast, download The Anfield Wrap app from iTunes, walk through the sign-up in the app, get your verification code via email, then choose “50 tokens” instead of “subscribe” to listen. Unsure what 50 tokens costs or how that is tallied, but “tokens” is the way to hear just the episode instead of purchasing $10.99/month subscription to the entire podcast series.

Damian discusses the three pubs in New York one could frequent to watch “footie” while he was working in the States, as well as being served “a good English breakfast and Guinness.” They discussed Band of Brothers with its unreal cast and the fact that the television series is still talked about 20+ years later, with Damian saying, “It was a beautifully made bit of TV.” Moderator Andrew Heaton divulged his absolute favorite Damian Lewis role was Billions and then quipped, “…obviously it’s not as good now, you’re not there anymore so it doesn’t matter.” To which Damian replied, “You know, I mean, there’s one more season, that’s all I’m saying.” Heaton then states, “Hey, listen, I’m not saying nothing.” And then Damian repeats the statement again “All I’m saying is there’s one more season.” WHAAATTTT???!!!! Then Damian shared that Paul Giamatti is adorable, funny, smart, incredibly talented, a joy to work with and a total professional. When describing Axe, Damian claims that character is a “crim” (criminal) and total shit. LOL He goes on to say that Axe is Billy The Kid and Chuck (Paul Giamatti) is Wyatt Earp. Here is a clip but if you want to hear the real juicy stuff, you’ll have to listen to the full pod:

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Damian Lewis and David Beckham Gaze Into Each Other’s Souls at Soccer Aid

Mutual Heroes

by Shane Watson | The Telegraph | June 16, 2022

Men have friendships that women can’t help but envy – and it’s never clearer than when they’re famous.

When Damian Lewis locked eyes with David Beckham on the football pitch at Soccer Aid, it was an electric moment. David lit up like a small boy meeting his dad at the arrivals gate and Damian smiled like he’d missed him and only just realised how much. This is what the Mutual Hero friendship looks like.

David looks up to Damian and Damian looks up to David. Because Damian is an Etonian with sporty aspirations, he will be in awe of David, and because David admires a classy bloke, and Band of Brothers is almost certainly top of his watch-once-a-year list, he will feel much the same. But with the Mutual Hero friendship it’s also a matter of chemistry. Mixed in with the respect and the joy (“Look at us – we’ve still got it!”) there’s a whiff of a man crush going on. They both think each other are pretty fine specimens – all the more so because they’re from different tribes.

Women will have looked at the pictures of these two walking into each other’s arms and been reminded that male mates – especially in midlife – are surprisingly different from female ones. We may have friends who will instantly rally in a crisis, friends who know us better than our mothers and friends with whom we share every secret; but there are male friendships we can’t help but envy for their mysterious unshakeable bonds and inexplicable loyalties. Here are some of the four types of friendship that midlife men have:

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Soccer Aid 2022: England vs World XI

United By Play

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 12, 2022

If you thought the World Cup was going to be the biggest sporting event of the year, think again because the world’s biggest celebrity football match Soccer Aid is back! The annual star-studded charity football match returned today, Sunday, June 12, 2022, playing at West Ham’s London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, but not before training sessions at Champneys Tring in Wigginton, North Yorkshire days prior.

There were footballing greats and celebrities involved in this year’s game, and off-pitch the show was presented by UNICEF UK Ambassador Dermot O’Leary, joined by Maya Jama and Lionesses legend Alex Scott returned as pitch-side reporter. Kick-off began at 7:30 p.m. BST and coverage of the event aired on ITV television, with streaming available via ITV website and ITV Hub.

There was even a half-time musical performance from Soccer Aid founder Robbie Williams, who performed his famous hit ‘Angels’ and an appearance from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham.

During arrivals at London Stadium Damian had a short interview and predicted the match result as 4-1 in England’s favor. While on the pitch he further elaborated and claimed England would indeed win it. He was asked if it was a coincidence that England lost without him in the last three years and he said it was one of the biggest coincidences. 😉  View video of that portion here. At the half-time mark the match was tied 1-1 as Damian donned jersey number 66 and played in the second half. He missed a sitter, as he looked certain to score, but dragged the shot wide. Damian looked stunned and gutted! And we were gutted for him. At 84 minutes in, Damian spotted Tom Grennan’s dart into the area but he was offside. Going into tonight’s match the two teams were tied with five wins each after 10 matches, yet this match ended in a 2-2 draw at full-time, going into penalties. World XI scored four penalties and England scored one. The winning Team was World XI, with a final score of 6-3. Sorry Damian! See Damian’s score prediction here.

To view more photos of the event, please visit our Gallery here. We will keep adding photos as they are shared and published. Keep checking back!

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VIDEO: Soccer Aid 2022 Training Week

Shootin’ Boots

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 9, 2022

Soccer Aid training is underway and Eleanor “ElzTheWitch” was live on location to welcome the arrival of footballers and celebrity stars, both old and new! To view more photos of the event, please visit our Gallery here. We will continue adding photos as they are shared and published. Keep checking back! Here is a video of Damian’s arrival:

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Damian Lewis Pays Tribute To Late Wife Helen McCrory on Good Morning Britain

Helen’s Sweet Soccer Aid Gesture

by Rebecca Davison | Mail Online | June 9, 2022

'She's still with us': Damian Lewis paid tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory on Good Morning Britain on ThursdayActor Damian Lewis paid a moving tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory on Good Morning Britain on Thursday saying, “She’s with us.”

The star, who’s taking part in Sunday’s Soccer Aid, revealed how Helen was always his biggest supporter – and GMB hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shepherd shared their memories of the Peaky Blinders actor who passed away from cancer in April 2021 aged 52. Ben began by saying:

“The first time I met you and your lovely wife Helen away from work was at Soccer Aid many years ago in Manchester and you were there with the family and the kids. She was always such a vociferous supporter of you and everything you did. Kate and I were very honoured to be at her memorial service just a few weeks ago. I’d imagine you’ve been very moved by the outpouring of love and support that has been shown towards her since she sadly passed away.”

Damian replied, “Well, She was a fabulous human being and people from all walks of life have been in touch to say what an impact she had on their lives.”

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Win Damian Lewis’ Soccer Aid Kit

All For A Good Cause

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 8, 2022

Enter the prize-draw to win Damian Lewis’ match-worn shirt from Soccer Aid 2022, which will be signed by him! There are different tiers to enter, starting from £5 and escalating to £10, £25, £50 and £250. Each £5 you spend earns you a raffle in the drawing for a chance to win some exclusive prizes from the match. And you can enter as many times as you’d like! Winner is chosen by random draw. All proceeds go to Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

Click here to enter the Crowdfunder UK Prize Draw.  Submissions end June 17, 2022 at 6:00pm BST.

By being part of Soccer Aid for UNICEF you are joining one big team! Entering the prize-draw is a great way to show your support for UNICEF UK and win some exclusive prizes from the match at the London Stadium.

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#RockForRuth Cricket Match

Charity Cricket Match for Ruth Strauss Foundation

by George Dobell | The Cricketer | June 6, 2022

UPDATE June 8, 2022: Team Strauss won, which Damian was a teammate!

As reported by Cricket World, the event started with an All-Star cricket match, which saw Sir Andrew Strauss’ team including Damian Lewis, Joe Root, Kate Cross and Jason Robinson take on Team Sheeran, captained by Michael McIntyre with players including Sir Alastair Cook, Harry Judd, Alex Hartley and Ben Stokes – with Team Strauss sealing victory.

The match was followed by a fine dining experience from Ruth Strauss Foundation ambassador and celebrity chef, Tom Kerridge, during which Michael McIntyre took to the stage for a short comedy set before a live auction, with prizes including a private box to see Coldplay in concert and an original Sacha Jafri painting. Guests were then treated to an intimate ‘rock’ performance by music superstar Ed Sheeran, who invited Michael McIntyre up on stage for an impromptu duet.

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Damian Lewis Attends UEFA Champions League Final in Paris

The Real ‘Top Gun’ Remake

As any staunch fan would do, Damian attended the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France on May 28, 2022 to see his beloved Liverpool Football Club play.  It was a punch in the gut for Liverpool in another heartbreaking finish to the season as Real Madrid’s second-half goal was enough to inflict a 1-0 defeat in the Champions League Final. It was the third time the two teams have met in the European Cup Final, but that’s not the full story.

Turns out Damian managed to get a seat on a club charter flight back from Paris only to find comedian, actor (Doctor Who) and former footballer John Bishop as a fellow passenger. Day two and more than six hours later, they have not moved from the tarmac and no amount of ham and cheese baguettes will satiate the hunger for home. Where is a working Tardis when you need one?

At this point, you can only turn this fiasco into comic relief as the two try and reach air traffic control from the cockpit. We hear they are going to pitch a new project to their agents as soon as they land – On Tarmac: A Sitcom.

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Damian Lewis Attends Oscar Foundation Luncheon

Oscar International UK Tour: Education With a Kick

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 19, 2022

In May, 2022 Damian attended a luncheon hosted by the Oscar Foundation to celebrate Oscar’s work in low income communities in India. Royal Patron HRH Sophie, The Countess of Wessex also attended the event, which took place to thank those who supported the Foundation, and also to share plans how to reach out to more children in 2022/2023. The combination of football and charity is totally Damian’s turf!

The Foundation is education with a kick, a non-profit organization that uses football to instill the value of education in children and youth from low-income communities of India. The Foundation is headquartered in Mumbai and has reached out to children in Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand. Others in attendance were Nathaniel Parker, Ashok Shankar Rathod and Lucinda Sowerbutts.

To view more photos of the event, please visit our Gallery here.
For more information about The Oscar Foundation, visit their website here.

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Damian Lewis Joins “Auction for Ukraine” Aid Campaign

Online Auction to Raise Money for Ukraine

by Damianista | damian-lewis.com | March 23, 2022

Damian grabs his golf club and bag again – this time for an online auction of celebrity events and items to raise money for Ukrainians. You and your guest will play at the world-renowned Wentworth Club on a mutually agreed upon date.

Chris Evans, the host of the popular radio show The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky launched the online auction and it is hosted by the online auction company Bid-In free of charge. The auction will be live until Friday, March 25, 2022 and all the proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

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Damian Lewis Joins Soccer Aid 2022

Soccer Aid for UNICEF: Two Teams, One Goal

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 22, 2022

Today it was announced that Damian will return for Soccer Aid 2022, joining Team England.

Damian played in the very first Soccer Aid back in 2006 and has gone on to make several subsequent appearances in the match, mainly as a central midfielder.

A source said: “Damian’s had an incredibly hard year after losing Helen but when Soccer Aid approached him about being part of the charity game, he wanted to help out. Damian is a massive Liverpool FC fan and can’t wait to get out on the pitch.”

This year’s celebrity charity match has been moved from Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge to London Stadium, featuring a special half time show from Mr. Soccer Aid himself, UNICEF UK Ambassador, Robbie Williams. Prices starting from £10 for children, £20 for adults and premium from £75. A family of four (2 adults, 2 children) can attend from £60.

Team favorites Usain Bolt, Tom Grennan and Martin Compston will lace up their boots once again to play alongside footballing legends Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Patrice Evra. Taking to the pitch for the first time, new signings for 2022 include Alex Brooker, Lucien Laviscount and Liam Payne as captain of the England team.

Visit our Gallery here for more photos (work in progress).  We’ll keep adding photos as they come in up to, and through the June match. Keep checking back!

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