Play against former Owls and Blades in Sheffield and raise charity cash

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Football fans can line up against former Sheffield Wednesday and United players in a five-a-side tournament to raise money for charity.

The Team of Steel Cup will be held at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground on May 26 to raise funds for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in Sheffield.

The first 14 teams to register for the tournament will secure a place in the same pool as two teams of veterans representing each Sheffield club as well as a team made up of actors from Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

South Yorkshire referee Howard Webb, who took charge of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, will be officiating.

The tournament is in aid of the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Do Your Bit Campaign, which aims to raise £1.3 million for a new cancer research and treatment suite at the hospital.

Former players due to take part in the tournament include defender Carl Bradshaw, who played for both Sheffield clubs during his career, and ex-Wednesday striker John Pearson who scored 24 goals in 105 appearances for the Owls between 1980 and 1985.

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “This is a really unique event and an ideal opportunity for football fanatics to live the dream of playing at Bramall Lane.

“The new facilities will help thousands of people now and in the future potentially saving thousands of lives and giving hope to future generations.”

To take part, a team of eight players will need to pay a registration fee of £50 per person and pledge to raise as a team a minimum of £800 in sponsorship. Every donation, regardless of its size, will be matched pound for pound by Westfield Health.

n To enter a team call Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity on 0114 226 5370 or email cancer.charity@sth.nhs.uk.