Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United will be fighting for the upper hand in the Steel City Derby tomorrow - one of their most important games of the season.
But their star players put aside their rivalry when they visited Sheffield Children’s Hospital to raise the spirits of some very sick patients.
United winger Richard Cresswell and defender Neill Collins joined Wednesday skipper Rob Jones and young midfielder Liam Palmer to tour the hospital wards and chat to youngsters and staff.
Wednesday captain Rob Jones said: “Today was not about rivalries or the upcoming derby game.
“It was about players from both Wednesday and United coming together to visit young patients in the Children’s Hospital and doing everything we can to brighten their day.”
A spokesman for the Children’s Hospital said: “It was a fantastic visit.
“Patients and staff really enjoyed the opportunity to meet the players and they appreciated them taking time out from their preparations to visit the wards.”
The match mascot on Sunday will be four-year-old Niamh Coyne, who spent the first two years of her life at the Children’s Hospital.
Despite undergoing two liver transplants, and suffering countless infections after she was diagnosed with a rare bowel disease shortly after her birth, Niamh, from Totley, has overcome her debilitating illness and was able to start school in September.