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Charities are real winners

19 May 2014

Over 3,000 supporters turned out at Bramall Lane on Sunday as a Blades Legends XI played a Celebrity All Star XI.


The game ended goalless after 90 minutes, before the c‚Äčelebrities won the game 6-5 on penalties, but the real winners were two fantastic charities, Prostate Cancer UK and Once Upon a Smile.


Several faces from seasons gone by, including the likes of Chris Morgan, Michael Brown and Rob Hulse pulled on the famous red and white stripes again, whilst there was also a cameo appearance from Dave Kitson.


Ian Bennett, Carl Bradshaw, Leigh Bromby, David Holdsworth, Curtis Woodhouse, Peter Duffield, Ian Bryson, Mark Todd and Mike Whitlow completed the Blades playing squad, with George Santos assuming the role of manager.


The game was an entertaining affair from start to finish, Neil Wainwright hit the bar for the celebs, whilst Hulse struck the woodwork at the other end.


The second-half again saw chances come and go at both ends, before the game took an unusual twist in injury-time.


Bromby had assumed the role of assistant referee to Howard Webb, meaning Darren Cann was playing on the left wing for the legends and the World Cup Final official had the chance to win the game for the Blades with the final kick of the contest, after Webb spotted an infringement on his colleague in the penalty area, only for Ray Francis, goalkeeper for the celebrities to save Cann's spot kick sending the game into a shootout.


Chris Morgan missed from twelve yards, before a save from Ian Bennett got United back in contention, but after Peter Duffield saw his penalty saved, the All Stars seized the opportunity and Neil Clough (no relation to manager Nigel) tucked away his effort to win the contest.


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