Leeds and West Yorkshire: Search on for unsung football heroes

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MOVE over Lionel Messi and Steven Gerrard - it’s time for the country’s REAL footballing stars to take centre stage.

Your Yorkshire Evening Post wants to celebrate the unsung heroes who help keep the amateur game alive and kicking, year in, year out.

But to do that we’ll need support from YOU, our loyal army of YEP readers.

We’d like to hear your uplifting stories from grounds, pitches and playing fields across the White Rose county.

How about the volunteers who shifted snow through the night to make sure a vital school’s cup tie could go ahead?

Do you know any long suffering mums who have washed football kits for the last decade? Or stood, come rain wind or shine, manning the tuck shop to help raise club funds?

Or how about the granddad who took on a weird and wonderful fundraising challenge to pay for new posts and nets for his local Sunday League team?

There’s also scope, of course, for tales that will put a smile on the faces of local football fans.

Did your kitman once shrink the team’s shirts after taking them home for a much-needed wash? Or has a hapless minibus driver ever delivered a set of players to completely the wrong location with kick-off fast approaching?

Andy Hutchinson, YPN social media editor, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of grassroots football. This is a great opportunity for those unsung heroes around Leeds and West Yorkshire, many who have spent years working hard on behalf of their club, to enjoy the recognition they so richly deserve.

“Whatever the circumstances, whatever the consequences, we’re looking for your champion input.”

To nominate that unsung hero or share your story, email: lee.sobot@ypn.co.uk, or telephone him on (0113) 2388346.

Alternatively contact us on Twitter @LeedsNews using hashtag #yepgrassroots

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