Sheffield United: Blades back FA’s call to get people playing

The statue of Derek Dooley MBE
The statue of Derek Dooley MBE
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Sheffield United are backing a Football Association campaign to get more people playing football this summer.

The Bramall Lane club have thrown their weight behind the FA’s campaign, which culminates in a ‘Reds v Blues weekend’ on June 6 and 7. Named to honour the classic team colours used most often across the country, United have shown their support by adding a commemorative football to the statues of club legends Derek Dooley and Joe Shaw, which stand proudly in the club’s main car-park.

Greg Dyke, the FA’s chairman, said: “As someone who still plays football at 66, I am proof anyone can get involved!

“The most important thing is to get a ball, find some mates and have a go.

“With the World Cup in Brazil on the horizon, there has never been a better time to get involved and we would like to thank the clubs up and down the country who are helping us.”