James Milner and Stiliyan Petrov put together 'Christmas Way' for their charitable foundations
Black Sabbath man Tony Iommi has offered himself as a supporting actor in a charity Christmas song ‘Christmas Way’, recorded by footballers James Milner and Stiliyan Petrov.
Milner, Petrov and Iommi have a shared Birmingham background, with Black Sabbath hailing from the Midlands city, while Petrov and Milner are both former players at struggling city club Aston Villa.
Petrov, originally from Bulgaria, is a former Aston Villa club captain who was forced to retire in 2013 in order to fight leukemia. He rejoined the club this year as a coach. Milner departed Villa in 2010 to join Manchester City, and now plays at Liverpool. He played under Petrov for large parts of his Aston Villa career. Both players are using the song as a fundraiser for their respective charities.
Like Petrov, Iommi has also had to tackle leukemia.
See Black Sabbath man Iommi at 1 min 30 seconds, wrapping a star ready for Christmas (video via YouTube):
According to the song’s website, “The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation and The James Milner Foundation have joined forces this Christmas to raise money for Help for Heroes, Bloodwise and NSPCC and now all we need is you. Support the Christmas Way single and tell us what is special to you at Christmas. Every donation, no matter how big or small, could help to change a life.”
The full title of the song is ‘Christmas Way by 19 and 7′, a reference to the two players’ shirt numbers. It was officially released yesterday (December 18).