ANDREW GALE and I got together this week to finalise arrangements for a fund-raising football match next month.
It will be between a team of former Town players and a Yorkshire Cricket Club select side at Canalside on Saturday, December 10, with an 11am kick-off.
There won’t be an admission charge, but we will take a bucket collection, with the proceeds split between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Martin House children’s hospice, which Gerard Brophy has been supporting throughout his benefit year.
Town play Bournemouth at the Galpharm that afternoon, so we hope fans will double up and take the chance to see some familiar faces.
I’ve already sounded out the likes of Darren Bullock, right, Tom Cowan, Jon Dyson, Rob Edwards, Chris Lucketti, Martin Smith, Simon Trevitt and Clyde Wijnhard, and they are all up for it.
Actor and Town fan Chris Fountain is also keen to play, and rumour has it Dean Hoyle could be on the teamsheet.
Galey – a big Town supporter himself, of course – has lined up Tim Bresnan, Anthony McGrath and Ryan Sidebottom, whose dad Arnie played football for Manchester United and Town and cricket for Yorkshire and England.
There used to be a few who doubled up – remember Chris Balderstone, Jimmy Cumbes, Phil Neale and Ted Hemsley?
And while it’s pretty much impossible to combine them these days because the seasons have got longer in each case, there are a lot of lads who fancy themselves at both sports.
This game will give us a chance to see how the cricketers measure up, but most importantly, it’s for two really worthwhile causes.
So if you are around, come and take a look!