Chris Morgan has confirmed the Gary Speed Trust will be among the beneficiaries of his testimonial on Sunday, writes James Shield.
The match, against Newcastle United, will also raise funds for Weston Park Hospital and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Morgan, who made nearly 300 appearances for United before retiring in 2012, told The Star: “With it being Newcastle, the connection between them and John Carver being so close with Speedo, it seemed obvious. I spoke with Roger, Speedo’s dad, and he was over-the-moon about it.
“Both clubs were pivotal for him during his career. His family will always hold Sheffield United, where he finished his career and became a manager, as dearly as anyone else.”
Speed, who died four years ago, represented Newcastle as a player before joining United and pursuing his coaching career. Carver, previously the visitors’ caretaker manager, was Speed’s assistant at Bramall Lane.
“I want the charities to benefit,” Morgan added. “I’ve been a patron at Weston Park for a number of years now.
“I didn’t want to get loads involved because it dilutes what you can give them. So, on advice, I picked three. I could have picked a hundred.
“But I’ve tried to make sure two of the three are local. The other one, Gary’s trust, just fits.”
Tickets for Morgan’s testimonial, which kicks-off at 1pm, are priced £15 adults, £10 adult season ticket holders and £5 concessions.