Blades fan goes extra mile for charity football match

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A dedicated Blades supporter is going the extra mile to raise hundreds of pounds for young people in Sheffield.

Luke Froggatt will be cycling to all the registered football grounds in East, West and South Yorkshire before finishing at Bramall Lane where he will play a match alongside the city’s football legends.

The 21-year-old plans to raise more than £1,000 for Brathay Trust, a charity for young people that deals with issues such as mental health, and anti-social behaviour.

The match is the Master Cutler’s Charity Football Match and the public can sign up to play in a game that will see the two clubs of rival teams battle it out for the Master Cutler’s FA(KE) Cup.

Luke is a ‘massive Sheffield United fan’ and since moving to the city to go to university he has always lived near to Bramall Lane.

The student will play alongside Sheffield United coach Chris Morgan while club legend Tony Currie will manage the team.

He will be up against Lawrie Madden as Sheffield Wednesday’s captain and Terry Currant as manager. Howard Webb will referee.

Luke said: “If I score a goal I’ll be overcome with emotion. I can’t believe I’ll be playing on the same pitch as my childhood hero Chris Morgan.

“Hopefully the gruelling bike ride before hand will encourage people to donate rather than then just giving me money for something I want to do anyway.

“I will hopefully do it over three days but I’ve never done something like this before.”

His journey will start at Scarborough Athletic in East Yorkshire and end at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane.

Luke’s younger brother Oliver,12, who has autism, will kick off the match.

He said: “He’s really excited about it, I’ve taken him to a few games. The charity helps people like him, taking them for days out which is a great help. It will be nice if people turned up at the stadium to cheer us on.”

Places on the team are still available.