A Blades legends squad - including Chris Wilder - will make the short trip to play a Stocksbridge Park Steels Vets team in a game that will acknowledge the outstanding contribution to local football made by Steels outgoing chairman and founder Allen Bethel, whilst also raise funds for the Blades nominated charities.
At the end of last season Allen, known locally as Mr Stocksbridge, retired from all duties at Steels. Bethel's legacy is quite extraordinary, and he goes down as a pioneer of non-league football in our area, turning Steels, a club he formed back in 1986 following a merger with Oxley Park, into one of the most progressive and well-run non-league clubs in South Yorkshire.
Bethel oversaw the development of the superb training pitches, situated to the side of Steels' excellent Look Local Stadium, renowned as one of the best playing surfaces in the area. A number of Steels players have also moved into professional football, the most famous being England International Jamie Vardy.
The Blades squad could include the likes of Paddy Kenny, Ian Bennett, Chris Morgan, Leigh Bromby, Derek Geary, David Holdsworth, Richard Cresswell, Darius Henderson, Ian Bryson, Glyn Hodges, Andy Campbell, Rob Kozluk, Michael Brown, Carl Bradshaw, Carl Asaba, Rob Hulse, Michael Tonge and Danny Webber. Appearances of these former Blades stars will of course depend on their availability on the day.
Date: Sunday 29th September, Kick-off: 2pm Admission: £7 adults, £3 concession and children (pay on the day) Venue: Look Local Stadium, Bracken Moor Lane, Stocksbridge S36 2AN. Car parking: £2 (subject to weather)