Gareth Ainsworth took centre stage at a spectacular night of fundraising at Adams Park on Saturday as he performed a series of classic rock songs with local band Subrosa5.The Blues’ caretaker manager guided his side to victory against Torquay United that afternoon before playing his part in the KenDarComm event which raised over £4,000 for six causes nominated by the club.
The 39-year-old ditched the tracksuit and opted for jeans and a Mick Jagger-inspired t-shirt as he belted out songs such as The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’, Oasis’ ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ and ‘I Fought The Law’ by The Clash to a crowd of over 150 people in the Vere Suite at the stadium.
Also on the bill were a pub quiz, stand-up comedy from Darren Willis and Paul Moynihan, a raffle and a live auction, in which the top-selling prize was a dinner party at home with a Wycombe Wanderers player.
Organiser Darren Willis said: “Gaz was a class act on stage – as we all knew he would be – and he had the place well and truly rocking. We all would have understood if he’d been unable to honour the gig due to his role as caretaker manager, but he stayed true to his word and we really appreciate his efforts.”
The funds will be split between the club’s Community Trust and its ongoing project in a poverty-hit region of Kenya, as well as causes selected by the families of Blues fans Steve Maguire, Jonny Saunders and Graham Cadle, who all passed away this autumn.
A share of the proceeds will also benefit GKs For GOSH, an initiative set up by the club’s goalkeeping coach Lee Harrison in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital where his 10-year-old son Luke is undergoing treatment for cancer of the kidney.
Ainsworth first joined forces with Subrosa5 at a similar event at the club last July and they then headlined the High Wycombe Christmas Parade in November, rekindling the footballer’s rockstar ambitions having regularly performed gigs in the mid-00s with his band Dog Chewed The Handle.