Wrexham-born Savage in battle of backsides

Published date: 13 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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WREXHAM-born Robbie Savage is more than halfway through a bum-busting challenge of sitting on 45,000 seats in Wembley Stadium.

Former England striker Alan Shearer and ex-Wales midfielder Savage have been going head to head in a Sport Relief challenge like no other – called the Battle of the Backsides.

The BBC football pundits and former Premier League adversaries are frantically racing to be the first to sit on half the seats in Wembley Stadium – a brutal 45,000 seats each.

They have five days to complete this physically demanding feat and yesterday both were past the halfway point of 22,500 seats.

It is the first time a challenge like this has been attempted in the UK and the gruelling up-down event is all to raise funds for Sport Relief.

Savage, a Wrexham FC fan originally from Bradley, needs to average a backside on a seat every four seconds – 14 seats per minute – meaning they are competing for a minimum of 10 hours a day.

Before the challenge began, Savage said: “Alan does have an advantage as his butt is larger than mine – but my bottom is ready for the challenge.

“I’ve often watched Sport Relief and seen all the vulnerable people living difficult lives and really wanted to help to raise money for them.”

Reflecting on past visits to the home of English football, Savage said: “Wembley Stadium has always been kind to me when I played here during my career.

“Let’s hope lady luck is on my side for this challenge.”

To support them in this brutal task and to stand a chance to win prizes, people can enter a competition at

Each competition entry costs £5. Prizes up for grabs include tickets to see England play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a day at the Wimbledon championships or tickets to see One Direction on their UK tour.

There’s a limited 90,000 entries available to represent the number of seats collectively sat on during the challenge.

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  1. Posted by: worldsgonemad at 14:12 on 14 March 2014 Report

    Hat`s off to Robbie for this. Let`s hope when he eventually gets off his backside ( excuse the pun ) he get`s involved in the save Plas Madoc leisure centre fight.

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