Celebrity line-up for football tournament at Leeds United

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They’re normally to be found on stage or TV rather than the football pitch.

This month, however, X Factor winner James Arthur and comedian Jon Richardson will be taking to the field at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground for a celebrity six-a-side tournament.

Other stars due to play in the Soccer Six event include former X Factor contestants Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald and Rough Copy.

Reality TV favourites Mark Wright and Ricky Rayment are also set to show off their footballing skills on Thursday, May 29.

And today organisers urged Yorkshire Evening Post readers to turn out in force and help create a memorable party atmosphere in the Elland Road stands.

Soccer Six’s head of sales and PR, Steve Tabbron, told the YEP: “We’re hoping for a crowd of three or four thousand.

“It should be a great occasion. The standard of the players is obviously going to vary so we’ll be mixing up the teams to make sure everyone has a fair chance.”

Doors will open on the big day at 4pm, with the football itself kicking off an hour later.

Elland Road’s pitch will be split into sections so that as many as four games can take place at any one time during the FA Cup-style competition.

The sporting action is scheduled to end at about 8pm, with VIP ticket holders then being treated to music performances from some of the chart stars booked for the event.

Soccer Six has been running its celebrity tournaments since 1994, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Newcastle United and West Ham United among the previous host clubs.

“We have been really keen to come to Yorkshire,” said Steve.

“The county’s a massive sporting community, we know that much from the number of medals it won at the 2012 Olympics!”

Funds raised by the tournament will go to the Leeds United Foundation, the charitable arm of its parent football club.

For more information, visit: www.lovefootball.eu or contact the United ticket office.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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