Former Leeds United stars to play in charity football match for Rob Burrow

Former Leeds United stars are set to play in a fundraising football match to raise cash for Rob Burrow and the MND Foundation.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:45 am
Darren Powell
Darren Powell

The game has been organised by Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos fan Darren Powell, who has arranged a string of charity games to raise cash for good causes.

Darren has helped to raise more than £70,000 over the last five years with his charity team called The Kews, named in memory of a friend who died of cancer.

Darren, of Wakefield, said Rob and his family are due to watch the fundraising football match, which is set to kick off at 1pm on Sunday July 18 at Ossett United's Ingfield Stadium, Prospect Road, Ossett.

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Darren said Rob's children will be mascots at the game.

Ex-Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is set to play in the game along with former United players Ben Parker and Matthew Kilgallon.

Darren said former Liverpool star Neil Ruddock is due to play along with former Hull City player Dean Windass.

Also due to play are ex-Manchester City player Lee Crooks, former Norwich City star Oli Johnson and Andy Holdsworth, formerly of Huddersfield Town.

They will be joined on the pitch by This is England actor Thomas Turgoose; Coronation Street actors Liam Bairstow and Ryan Prescott and X Factor contestants Jack Walton and Ellis Lacy.

Professional boxer Dalton Smith and former boxer Ricky Hatten are due to be at the ground to watch the game.

Darren said 1,000 tickets have been sold for the game, which is also set to be streamed live on YouTube.

Daren said: "I'm a Leeds Rhinos fan and Rob has given me some great memories over the years.I just want to give something back. He is a legend in my eyes.

"Rob and his family will be coming. I just want it to be a really good day for them all."

The Kews team is named after Darren’s friend Michael Kew, who lost his own cancer battle aged 40 in April 2015.

Darren, who travelled to watch Leeds United home and away matches with Michael, vowed to raise £100,000 for good causes in his memory.

Darren added: "We are also asking if there are any businesses out there that would like to donate towards our raffle or tombola stalls."

Darren said new football shirts have been made for the day in tribute to Rob.

For more information, call Darren Powell on 07988 267374.