Ex-Blades give a lift to supporter Karl

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FORMER Sheffield United stars are helping to give a lift to one of their most avid supporters.

They have joined a new Blades Legends team that is playing this weekend in aid of supporter Karl Darby, aged 44, who suffers from myoclonic epilepsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

Proceeds will go towards a stair lift that will allow Karl to live with his parents. For the past ten years he has lived in the Leonard Cheshire home in Mickley Lane, Totley, unable to negotiate steep stairs on the approach to his parents’ house.

Dave McCarthy, head of operations at Sheffield United, said: “Karl is a diehard Blade who attends every United home match, as well as many away matches with his dad Roy.

“Sheffield United would like to be able to raise enough money to assist with the building part of the project and help Karl reach his ambition to move back home.

“We felt a Legends team would provide an opportunity to play in selected charity games and have chosen Karl as the first beneficiary for the inaugural game. We hope many of our fans can get to the match and offer their support.”

Former United players Bob Booker, Craig Short, Georges Santos, Paul Beesley, Carl Bradshaw, Paul Shaw, Peter Duffield, Jeff Eckhardt, Tony Agana, Chris Short, Adrian Littlejohn, Mark Todd and Tony Philliskirk will take on an All-Star team from BBC Radio Sheffield at the BT Local Stadium, home of Sheffield FC, on Sunday at 2pm. Admission is £3 (adult) and £1 (concession).

The opposition will include former Owls defender Mark Smith, Doncaster Rovers goalkeeping coach Lee Butler and former Blade Keith Edwards. Also in the team will be actors Junade Khan (Ash Roy from Hollyoaks) William Snape (Nathan in Full Monty), Lee Otway (Bombhead from Hollyoaks) and boxer Johnny Nelson.