Leeds United fans raise more than £27,000 for foods banks after supporters play Football Manager for 24 hours

Three Leeds United fans have helped to inspire people to raise more than £27,000 for charity after playing Football Manager for 24 hours straight.

Monday, 13th April 2020, 12:53 pm
Dan Moylan, Daniel Chapman and Michael Normanton, of The Square Ball fanzine and podcast, are joined by Jon Richardson as they play Football Manager for 24 hours to raise money for charity.

It comes after Dan Moylan, Daniel Chapman and Michael Normanton, of The Square Ball podcast, streamed themselves replaying the 2007/8 season as Leeds from 10am on Saturday, April 4 until 10am on Sunday, April 5.

By the end of the live stream, fans had contributed around £12,500 to Leeds Fans Foodbank, an organisation that supports two food banks in the city.

However, Whites fans continued donating to the charity through the Go Fund Me page and have now smashed the original target of £20,000.

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In total, Leeds fans have now raised £27, 336.

Mr Moylan, 41, said: "We were wanting to do something that was available to us in the lockdown, something we could do from home that would probably kill a lot of time,"

"The 2007 season was a pretty memorable one for Leeds, for many of the wrong reasons, but we thought it would be nice to try and go on a journey with that one and try and correct that particular wrong and get promoted."

Throughout the mammoth stint, the three - who each streamed their reactions from their homes via Skype - received messages from watching Leeds fans, who suggested tactical changes and potential signings.

Some even sponsored individual players, while one Leeds fan - who appears in the game as a young trainee goalkeeper - agreed to donate money if they signed him.

Mr Moylan said: "We were just the vessel through which the money was collected - I don't think we can take too much credit for playing a computer game," Mr Moylan said.

"Genuinely, all credit to Leeds fans who step up time and time again - we saw it with the charity shirt auction that we did for Leeds Children's Hospital, that got over £30,000.

"Leeds fans are thoroughly decent people, despite what you might read."