A Sheffield Wednesday supporter is putting his charity walk fate in the hands of football fans.
Steve Milne, from Chapeltown, wants to wear an Owls shirt when he takes part in the Frontline Walk in October.
But in his quest to raise as much as possible for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, there is a chance he may have to wear a shirt of city rivals, Sheffield United instead.
The 51-year-old has set up two rival fundraising pages – a Blades one and an Owls one – and whichever page raises the most determines which shirt he will wear for the 100km walk.
Joiner Steve, who was a member of the Territorial Army for more than 20 years, said: “I will be doing this to remember the local lads who stepped up and fought for their country during the World War One.
“To help me raise funds I am starting a bidding war between the Owls and the Blades supporters.
“I will be doing the walk wearing either a Sheffield Wednesday shirt, or a Sheffield United shirt.
“I will wear the team shirt of the team with the most donations and have set up two rival fundraising pages. You can click between the two to see which one is winning.
“Being a Sheffield Wednesday supporter I really do not want to walk through France and Belgium wearing a Sheffield United shirt. It will be a real struggle to walk that far in it.”
The Frontline Walk is a walk along 100km of the Western Front, starting at the Lochnagar Crater in northern France on October 7, and finishing four days later at the Menin Gate, in Belgium.
During the walk Steve will remember the hundreds of men, many from Sheffield, from the Sheffield Pals Battalion who died at the Battle of the Somme.
Many of the men who fought in the conflict went through their basic training at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground.
Steve said: “I left the TA about 10 years ago and since then I’ve been doing a lot for charity.
“This is my way of giving something back and remember those who have given their lives.”
n To see Steve wear his beloved Sheffield Wednesday shirt visit www.justgiving.com/sheffieldwednesday or text SWED 60. To see him pull on a Sheffield United shirt visit www.justgiving.com/sheffieldunited or text SUNI 60.