Eagles fan aims to support club with 12-hour live broadcast

Sheffield Eagles fans are raising money to help the club.
Sheffield Eagles fans are raising money to help the club.
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A diehard Sheffield Eagles fan will take part in a live 12-hour broadcast to try to raise money for the struggling club.

Dean Mitchell will try to stay on air discussing his beloved club for half a day, starting at midday today (September 24).

Dean Mitchell.

Dean Mitchell.

Using the Facebook live video tool, he will invite callers on to the broadcast and ask people to donate to a campaign to raise £20,000 for the club.

On the page, he wrote: "Whatever you want to say, come on and speak and chat away.

"The aim is to raise funds for the club and more. Please, please help and join the fun."

Watch the broadcast from midday on Facebook.

The Eagles are in talks with an investor but face going into administration and dropping down a league if financial backing is not secured.

The takeover hinges on the investor's plan to build a £35 million biomass power plant next to the Olympic Legacy Park. He also wants to build a new stadium for the Eagles within the park, which could cost up to £7 million.

So far the fans' campaign - started by Nicky Swire, daughter of outgoing chairman Ian - has raised more than £14,000 to keep the club going for a few more weeks.

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