DONCASTER ROVERS: Lee Butler to play for both sides in Shay clash

Coach: Lee Butler
Coach: Lee Butler
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DONCASTER Rovers’ goalkeeping coach Lee Butler will be back in action at The Shay on Sunday.

But the 45-year-old, who enjoyed three spells at the former Football League club, making over 130 appearances, during his long career is not contemplating a comeback with the Blue Square Bet League One North side.

Indeed, he will be both playing for the West Yorkshire club and Rovers in a Legends game between the two sides in aid of the Sheffield-based Weston Park Teenage Cancer Unit.

Lee’s 19 year-old daughter Gracie, who is making good progress following an operation on her leg earlier this year, is still being treated at the unit.

A ‘Movember Appeal’ in November, helped raise a five-figure sum for the unit and Lee hopes Sunday’s game will raise another couple of thousand pounds.

Among the confirmed line-up for the Rovers’ team is current first-team manager Dean Saunders and his No 2 Brian Carey, Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill, Neil Sullivan, Ian Snodin, Gareth Taylor, Gary Brabin and former Sheffield United favourite, Carl Bradshaw.

Former club record signing Graeme Jones, now No 2 at Premier Division Wigan Athletic, has also promised to support the cause and Lee is hoping that Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will turn out.

“I’m hoping that Rob will play but it could depend on how Wigan do and how the other results go,” he said.

Among the Halifax line-up will be striker Geoff Horsfield who went on to play in the top flight, Peter Atherton, another former Premier League star, and former manager, Chris Wilder.

With Lee Heliwell, a voluntary member of Halifax Town’s backroom staff during Lee’s time at the club, having secured The Shay, Lee says that all the money raised will be donated to the hospital.

The Shay, which the club, share with the town’s Championship rugby league club, was one of the most rundown grounds in the Football League at the time of their relegation from the Football League.

But it has undergone a big transformation in recent years with the new main stand, which stood partially built for around a decade, having been completed in the last couple of years.

“I was there last season looking at a player with Sean (O’Driscoll) and it’s a nice little ground now,” said Lee.

The game kicks-off at 2pm and admission is £5 (adults) and £1 (juniors).

The ‘George Cup’ charity game scheduled for Sunday May 6 at the Keepmoat Stadium has been postponed until next season due to the lack of ticket sales.