Blades and Tykes stars in unique sporting clash

14th September 2016

Football and cricket will come together again at Bramall Lane.

Famous names from Sheffield United and star players from Yorkshire Cricket, who are seeking their third County Championship on the trot, will meet in a unique sporting clash in aid of Tykes' skipper Andrew Gale's benefit year. A "Question of Sport" style football and cricket quiz, hosted by Look North presenter Harry Gration, will feature Gale and Yorkshire playing colleagues Tim Bresman, Richard Pyrah and Steve Patterson taking on Blades boss Chris Wilder, former defensive star Tony Kenworthy, United captain Billy Sharp and current midfielder Chris Basham. Both United and Yorkshire will be each announcing two further personalities to join their line-up for the event in the TC10 Lounge and International Bar at Bramall Lane on October 20 (7pm for a 7.45 start. Andrew Gale said: "I'm really looking forward to the evening. As a big football fan it's great that Sheffield United are helping me out in my benefit year. We haven't got the brains of Britain in our team but hopefully we can get one over on the footballers! Dave McCarthy, Sheffield United Operations Director, said: -It promises to be a great night for two great causes Galey's benefit and also our Former Players Association. There will be a superbly produced question and answer session on stage, an audience led Q&A with all the players, an auction and raffle, plus an opportunity to meet and mingle with the players from both teams in the bar after the quiz. Tickets are only £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. VIP tickets, featuring front row seats, a personal invite to the pre-drinks reception and photographs with the teams are available on a first come first served basis. To book contact the Commercial Department on 0114 253 7200 or email Bramall Lane first opened its doors to cricket in 1855- the idea of Michael Ellison to provide a venue fit for the highest standard of the game. Yorkshire took its first real steps following a meeting that took place at the Adelphi Hotel, a famous building that stood on the site of the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield on March 7th 1861. The idea was to run Yokshire County matches and the original committee consisted of the management of the Bramall Lane ground and representatives from clubs who had agreed to contribute £1 to the fund The Yorkshire CCC that we all know today was formed on January 8th 1863 with its main objective being to play matches either in Sheffield or and other towns in the county of Yorkshire The County's first match at Bramall Lane was v Surrey on the 27nd, 28th and 29th of July 1863 (although the first match for a team -styled Yorkshire was against Sussex in August 1855). A total of 339 County games were played on the famous wicket from 1863 to 1973.

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