SHEFFIELD United came to the aid of a city charity to help stage the first ‘Steel City’ derby of the season.
The Blades’ Academy in Shirecliffe hosted a seven-a-side match involving clients and rival fans from the St Wilfrid’s Centre for the vulnerable and socially excluded.
The club also provided both teams with kits to play in, meaning the Owls side had to wear the red and white of United for the clash!
Blades striker Daniel Bogdanovic was the referee for the game, which was organised following an offer to use the Academy by new United managing director Dave McCarthy.
Kevin Bradley, director of the centre, said: “This was a fantastic gesture from Sheffield United and it is something our clients will remember for a long time.
“When the club visited the centre at the beginning of last week, I mentioned to Danny Wilson and Dave we were due to play this game and that we usually staged it on Lowfield playing fields, but it is under redevelopment.
“It was then that Dave made a couple of phone calls before coming back to tell me he had arranged for us to play the game at Shirecliffe, which was an amazing offer and one I was delighted to accept.”
The game, watched by Blades legend and St Wilfrid’s centre supporter Tony Currie, ended 11-2 to the Blades.