Sean Bean could reprise his silver screen role as Sheffield United player Jimmy Muir when he returns to Bramall Lane for a charity match.
Bean, a lifelong Blade, will manage a United legends team featuring members of the 2005/6 Premier League promotion-winning squad, as they take on a Fulham All Stars side on May 22.
And the actor, who played a Blades fan who achieved his dream of playing for his boyhood club in When Saturday Comes, is thrilled to be stepping back onto the Bramall Lane pitch.
“I may even reprise my role as Jimmy Muir,” he said.
“Seriously, it will be wonderful to be managing such great United Legends, and for good causes. It’ll be great to be a part of what is sure to be a very special occasion.
“I’ve supported Sheffield United for my whole life, and when I was offered the chance to don the Blades kit and manage from the Bramall Lane dugout, it was something I couldn’t turn down.”
The match is in aid of the Steelphalt Blades Academy, the Blades’ Former Players Association, and Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids charity, alongside the Fulham Foundation charity.
Former Blades players expected to take part are former skipper Chris Morgan, Derek Geary, Brian Deane, Tony Agana, Craig Short, Michael Brown, Carl Asaba, Alan Quinn, Rob Kozluk, Alan Wright, Jon Harley, Bruce Dyer, Leigh Bromby, Richard Cresswell, Michael Tonge, Wayne Quinn, Jack Lester and another Blades former captain in David Holdsworth, with many more former players currently checking their schedules to see if they can play in the eagerly-anticipated game.
Former boxing world champion Joe Calzaghe will line up alongside former Fulham players Bullard, Rufus Brevett, Sean Davis, Kit Symons, with soap star Chris Fountain, Gogglebox celebrity George Gilbey and The Wanted singer Tom Parker also turning out for the Fulham All Stars.
Former Blade and Fulham star Paul Peschisolido will play 45 minutes for each half.
Kick-off at Bramall Lane is 1pm on May 22, with tickets at £7 for adults of £3 for concessions on sale from the Sheffield United box office on 0114 2537 200, option one, or online on www.sufc.talent-sport.co.uk.
A limited numbers of Players’ Lounge VIP tickets, with access to the Players’ Lounge to meet Sean Bean and some of the players and celebrities after the game, are available at £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s.
Sheffield United operations director Dave McCarthy said: “This game is sure to be entertaining for the whole family. It’ll be fantastic to welcome back some Blades heroes, including some from the 2005/06 season, when the club was promoted to the Premier League, and of course Fulham’s celebrity-filled All Stars team.
“We’re also grateful to Sean Bean for agreeing to manage the Blades team, and I’m sure it’s an experience which he, the players and the fans will not forget.”
For more information on the game email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 253 7200.