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Bramall Lane to host Blades Legends charity clash

23 February 2017

Sheffield United are set to hold another special charity match at Bramall Lane which will see the Blades Legends team play against television stars and celebrities to raise money for the 'Once Upon a Smile' charity.

The Legends team will hopefully include amongst others, former players including Paddy Kenny, Chris Morgan, Ian Bennett, Tony Agana, Carl Asaba, Rob Page, David Holdsworth, Richard Cresswell, Rob Kozluk, Paul Devlin, Leigh Bromby, Peter Beagrie, Michael Tonge, Derek Geary, Alan Wright, Chris Armstrong, Mark Todd and Glyn Hodges, whilst current Blades manager Chris Wilder has agreed to play, subject to availability, plus there will be more ex-Blades to be announced over the coming weeks.

Representing Children's Bereavement Charity Once Upon a Smile, will be Emmerdale actors Danny Miller (who won the Best Actor at the recent British Soap Awards), Anthony Quinlan and Joe Gill, Hollyoaks stars, Ben Ryan-Davies, Cameron Moore, Ayden Callahan, Luke Jerdy, Duayne Boa and This is England's Tommy Turgoose.

The celebrity line-up will also feature Daniel Jillings from ITV series PREY, Dean Smith from BBC's Last Tango in Halifax, The Voice and Radio ONE presenter Cel Spellman, Jake Quickenden from The X Factor and I'm a Celebrity, Charlie Quirke from Birds of a Feather and Nico Mirallegro.

As well as general admission to the ground's South Stand, fans have the opportunity to get their hands on VIP tickets which will give them the chance to meet the players from both teams post match and watch the action from padded executive seats. The VIP package also includes a pre and post-match bar facility in the Platinum Suite.

Dave McCarthy, Operations Director at Sheffield United, said: "We're so excited about this particular charity match as it's not only great to see former United players come back to Bramall Lane and watch the celebrities battle it out, but it's all for great causes. The proceeds will go towards the Once Upon a Smile charity, a Children's Bereavement Charity who provide emotional, practical and financial support to bereaved families at their time of need. The Sheffield United Academy will also benefit from the game, as will Hallam FM's Cash for Kids, all very worthy causes, so we hope to see lots of Blades fans there as well as fans of the TV celebrities!"

Danny Miller, Captain and Co-Founder of Once Upon a Smile, said ''We're delighted to come back to Sheffield United, we were lucky enough to play here a few years ago, a game that we won, but the fans of Sheffield United who turned up did the city of Sheffield and this wonderful club proud. I'm sure you'll agree this game is in aid of a great cause and we're excited to see you all''.

Last year's Blades Legends charity match saw more than 4,000 fans watch the game. Sheffield superstar Sean Bean managed the former Blades former players who beat a Fulham FC all-star celebrity team in a penalty shootout.

This year's game, which is sponsored by local company Singh's is scheduled for Saturday 13th May, ko 2pm at Bramall Lane. Stand Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £4 for fans under 18, with a family ticket to admit two adults and two U18s costing only £20* (*not available online). For those who wish to get up close and personal with the stars, the VIP/Meet the Players Platinum Suite seats (to include a padded seat, bar facility and post-match meet & greet) are priced at £20 adults and £10 for Under 18s - please note these VIP seats are extremely limited.

Stand and VIP Tickets are now available to purchase in person from the Box Office or by calling 0114 253 7200 (Option 1). Stand tickets can also be purchased online at

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