Leeds United legends of yesteryear are set to tackle today’s rugby league stars in a charity football match to raise cash for a West Yorkshire hospice.
Former United player and manager Simon Grayson will line up alongside ex-Elland Road favourites for this weekend’s fundraiser to raise cash for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.
The Whites’ side will face a team of local footballers joined by Castleford Tigers’ stars Danny Orr and Ryan Hudson.
The game kicks off at the Tigers’ Probiz Coliseum stadium at 2pm on Sunday.
Simon Grayson said: “The Prince of Wales Hospice offers real comfort and care to adults in the area that need it the most and it needs all the support it can get. I’m delighted to be doing my little bit to help raise its profile by stepping out onto the pitch with some of my old teammates.
“The game should be a great one for the spectators too. We may not be as quick as we used to be, but you never lose that competitive edge and there’s no doubt in my mind that the Leeds team won’t want to lose.”
Sharron Chapman, of the Prince of Wales Hospice, said: “We ran the legends game last year to raise money for our Sahara trek challenge. It was such a success that we thought we would try and take it to a larger scale this year by holding it at Castleford Tigers’ stadium. The club are big supporters of the hospice and were only too happy to help support the match.
“Whilst I work for the hospice full time, I also have a personal connection after my sister passed away there 15 years ago. My other sister and I both now work for the hospice doing all we can for this fantastic charity so I am delighted to try and help raise further funds by co-organising this event.”
The united team will be selected from Simon Grayson, Jordan Yorath, Ian Snodin, Glyn Snodin, Clyde Wynard, Nigel Thomson, Steve Nicholson, Neil Parsley, Dominic Kruef, Mark Tinckler, Kevin Noteman, John Stiles, Neil Aspin, Lee Sharpe, Kevin Sharpe, Gary McAllister, Andy Richie, Jason Blunt, Myles Sutton, Paul Butler and Neil Redfern.
Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and concessions.