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Billy returns to footballing roots

5 June 2019

Billy Sharp recently returned to his football roots by playing in a charity match aimed at raising money to help Middlewood Rovers fund a new clubhouse.

The Blades skipper returned to his childhood roots at Waverley Lane, Handsworth and helped formed an under 33s squad, having contacted former players from his age group.

Sharp was on the winning side but it was more about showcasing the importance of grassroots football for United's number ten, as he looked to help return the favours the club gave him in his early playing days.


Sharp remarked: "I started in the U8s at Middlewood and worked my way up through the age groups before moving to Rotherham United's School of Excellence.

"I'll always be grateful for the help and support I received while at Middlewood and when I found out they needed help I was more than happy to lend a hand.

"It was fantastic to get my old team mates together for a reunion and to help the club out, as I've remained passionate about grassroots football. I have two sons and I'm keen for them to play at this level.

"Middlewood have been great to me and they also support my charity foundation."

Sharp's father, Steve added: "Billy was actually playing in another but they were losing interest and weren't doing well, so I looked for a another club for him.

"I came to Middlewood and was really impressed with what they offered, the rest is history really. I'm delighted to see him helping them out now and I'm as proud of him for this as I am his footballing achievements."

Middlewood are hoping to secure a grant from the Football Foundation to help finance the project which will cost around £700,000.

They are also hoping to receive some funding from other local community projects. The club is now trying to raise as much as they can towards the build so they can furnish the building.

Click here for the GoFundMe page.

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