Sport in Brief: Malta trip for fans

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Sheffield United will be returning to Malta this summer and the club is hoping fans will join them.

They fly out on July 14 for a week-long training camp and Danny Wilson’s team will play two matches against Maltese Premier League sides - Sliema Wanderers on Monday, July 18 at the Ta Qali training ground (6.30pm) and Hibernians at Paola Stadium (6.30pm) kick-off on Wednesday 21 July.

During their stay the squad will be visiting local community groups and meeting supporters at an event arranged by the club.

A number of packages are available for Blades fans. Reservations available via Spa Travel on 0844 482 5959.

More details will be posted at

Anniversary match

Bakewell Cricket Club celebrates its 150th anniversary with a match against a Derbyshire Legends X1 next month.

Colin Tunnicliffe, Alan Hill, Tony Borrington, Harry Cartwright and Peter Bowler are among the former county players set to take part at the Recreation Ground on Sunday, July 10 (noon start) and it’s hoped that Devon Malcolm and Geoff Miller, chairman of the England selectors, will also be there.

All proceeds from the game will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

In addition to hosting friendlies, Bakewell now compete in Division 3 of the Yorkshire and Derbyshire League and run a flourishing Kwik Cricket team.

Skating tickets on sale

Tickets are being snapped up for next year’s ISU European Figure Skating Championships which are being staged in Sheffield.

Nearly 200 skaters from 40 countries, including many Olympians, will take part in the prestigious championship at the Motorpoint Arena from January 23-29 - the first time they’ve been held in the UK for over 20 years.

Men, Ladies, Pairs and Dance couples will compete in what is the third largest event involving figure skaters, behind the World Championships and the Winter Olympics.

The provisional schedule for the seven day Championships has now been announced and a range of tickets are now on sale – including individual day tickets priced from just £10.

To book call the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56, visit or call in person at the Arena Box Office. For more information go to

Referee George dies

George Ware, a Life Member of Sheffield and District Referees’ Association and Sheffield and Hallamshire County RA, has died suddenly.

George, who lived at Greenhill, was a popular and efficient secretary of Sheffield RA for several years in the 1970s and later represented the County RA on its Midland Division.

He was awarded the National RA Long and Meritorious Award in 1993.

As a referee, he took up the whistle after playing locally as an uncompromising, but always fair, full-back.

He refereed in the local leagues and went on to serve the former Yorkshire League with pride and dedication.

At the races

Doncaster’s seven-race programme at Town Moor tomorrow, which starts at 2pm, is a fully-sponsored card and is followed by the first of three consecutive Thursday evening meetings on July 7.

The meeting begins at 6.30pm with a handicap contest for amateur riders.

There will be a Caribbean theme for the evening which includes a Steel Band and a selection of food and drink.