Sheffield football legends to play again

David Hirst, playing at Bramall Lane
David Hirst, playing at Bramall Lane
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Sheffield football stars of yesteryear are happy to lace up their boots once more to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Former Owls David Hirst, Lee Bullen and John Pearson as well as former United stars Carl Bradshaw, who also played for Wednesday, Glyn Hodges and David Holdsworth will all play in the ‘Team of Steel’ five-a-side tournament in aid of the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Other Sheffield football faces who are taking part include Lawrie Madden, Greg Fee and Tony Gregory, ex-Wednesday, and former Blades players Paul Beesley, Lee Walshaw, Peter Duffield and Steve Charles.

The event, which will start at 9am on Sunday at Bramall Lane, is part of the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign as the charity looks to raise enough funds to build a new state-of-the-art Cancer Research and treatment centre at the Weston Park Hospital.

Former Blades defender Holdsworth said: “I am hoping this will help make changes and get the people who have cancer the treatment they deserve.”

Sarah Cross, fundraiser and representative of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, says both United and Wednesday have done a lot of work to get the tournament up and running and continue to greatly support the charity. .

“We have a good relationship with both and they have really helped raise the profile.” she said. “Chris Morgan is a patron of the charity, and John Pearson has been hugely supportive as well.”

Made up of 20 teams, the competition will see the former legends pit their wits against representatives from some of Sheffield’s most well renowned companies such as Forgemasters and Sytners as the charity looks to raise £30,000 from the event.

The Bank Holiday showdown is free for spectators to show their support and help raise the £1.5 m the charity needs this year for projects.