Ex-Leeds United stars team up to support champion charity cause

Dominic Matteo celebrates Leeds United's result at AC Milan's San Siro ground.
Dominic Matteo celebrates Leeds United's result at AC Milan's San Siro ground.

They were key members of the Leeds United side that made it all the way to the Champions League semi-finals back in 2001.

And now Dominic Matteo and Danny Mills are set to team up again to raise funds for one of the city’s best-loved causes.

Danny Mills.

Danny Mills.

They will join other famous faces such as Leeds Rhinos legend Barrie McDermott, Paralympics star Hannah Cockroft and BBC Look North presenter Tanya Arnold for a sporting-themed evening later this month at the Queens Hotel in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The event is being billed as a modern twist on a traditional sporting dinner, with panellists regaling the audience with tales from their careers and also taking part in a series of fun challenges.

Matteo, whose goal for the Whites against AC Milan is still celebrated in song by United fans, said: “It’s going to be a great evening, raising money for a fantastic cause.

“Although I am not quite sure what I’ve got myself into, I think it could get very competitive.”

Taking place on Thursday, November 30, the Sporting Social event is being supported by Leeds Beckett University.

Jane Tomlinson Appeal fundraising manager Katie Bell said: “This is the first event of its kind for the appeal but we are staying with our sporting roots and it is amazing to have the support of such a well-respected university within the Leeds sporting world.

“We want the evening to be informal and relaxed and there’ll be no strict dress code.

“All you’ll need is a sense of fun and an appetite to support such a fantastic cause.”

Tickets cost £50 each or £450 for a table of 10. For more details, e-mail katie@janetomlinsonappeal.com.