Clough: Forget favourites tag

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough does not think his side are favourites for the FA Cup quarter-final with Charlton on Sunday.

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Blades to host charity tea party

Sheffield United staff and players are to host a tea party and bake off to raise funds for a cancer charity.

L to R: Sami (Stefan Scougall), Fern (Harry Maguire), Danielle (Ryan Flynn), Cheryl (Chris Porter) and Nadine (Jamie Murphy).
L to R: Sami (Stefan Scougall), Fern (Harry Maguire), Danielle (Ryan Flynn), Cheryl (Chris Porter) and Nadine (Jamie Murphy).

The Time For Tea event will be held at the Blades' Shirecliffe training ground in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Cakes prepared by players' wives and girlfriends will be entered into a bake off challenge as part of the fundraiser on May 2.

The cakes will be served to players and coaching staff by the team's manager Nigel Clough, captain Michael Doyle and coach Chris Morgan.

A panel of players and coaches will then judge the winner, who will be presented with a trophy at the team's match against Coventry City on May 3.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at Sheffield United, said: "We are excited to be hosting the Time For Tea event at our training ground to show support and hopefully encourage other football fans in the city to arrange their own fundraising event for what is such a worthy cause.

"A number of the player's partners have already been practising their baking skills in preparation for the day and I am sure the players will appreciate their partners' efforts after their final training session of the campaign."

Sarah Cross, charity fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Charity, said: "It's great that Sheffield United has got behind the Time For Tea campaign by hosting their very own fundraising event.

"We hope that their participation will encourage others to hold their very own tea party to raise vital funds for the charity."

Supporters of the charity are invited to host their own Time For Tea events and share baking photos and recipes on Twitter using the hashtag #timefortea.

Soap stars line up for charity football match

Stars of Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street are to take on a team of ex-Sheffield United players in a charity football match.

Brammall Lane
Brammall Lane Credit: Press Association

Actors Jamie Lomas, Anthony Quinlan, Luke Roskell and Nico Mirallegro will be among those taking part in the match at Bramall Lane.

They will face a team of ex-Blades featuring Chris Morgan, Curtis Woodhouse, Craig Short and Keith Curle.

Others in the line-up include Chris Wilder, Dave Kitson and Leigh Bromby, with more names due to be confirmed.

Proceeds from the match on May 18 will go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Once Upon A Smile Foundation, which offers financial support and respite breaks to families who have suffered a bereavement.

Emmerdale star Danny Miller, co-founder of Once Upon A Smile, will be on the celebrities' team.

Danny said: "I can't wait to play at Bramall Lane. Sheffield was one of the first places we set out on the journey of charity football and it gives me great pleasure to play there again with me and the boys at Once Upon A Smile. It promises to be a great event."

Emmerdale's Danny Miller
Emmerdale's Danny Miller Credit: Press Association

Former Blades captain Chris Morgan, now a member of Nigel Clough's coaching team, said: "I'm sure all the players are keen to put on a Blades kit once again and the celebs will be looking forward to playing on the Bramall Lane pitch.

Chris Morgan
Chris Morgan Credit: Press Association

"The day, though, is all about raising vital funds for the two worthwhile charities and it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible come down and show their support. We hope it will be a great event to finish off a memorable season."

The match will be refereed by Howard Webb.Tickets cost £6 for adults and £1 for under-16s.

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Police seek football fans after service station assault

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CCTV

Thames Valley Police has released a CCTV image of people officers would like to speak to in connection with an incident involving Sheffield United and Hull City football fans at the Newport Pagnell Services on the M1 motorway.

After Hull's FA Cup Semi-Final victory against the Blades, two men were seen stealing alcohol at the Welcome Break between junctions 14 and 15.

A plain clothes store detective asked the men to stop.

He was then assaulted and knocked unconscious before being kicked and punched several times.

Investigating officer, PC Jonathan Moss, said: “This was a violent attack on the victim, who is, now, thankfully recovering.

“At the time of the incident the service station was extremely busy with fans of both Hull City and Sheffield United, and I believe that several members of the public would have witnessed this incident."

Andre Marriner to referee FA Cup semi-final

Andre Marriner to referee cup semi-final Credit: PA

Referee Andre Marriner will take charge of this month's FA Cup semi-final between Hull and Sheffield United.

Marriner hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he mistakenly sent off Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs during the Gunners' 6-0 Premier League defeat by Chelsea for a handball that had been committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The blades old and new pre-match celebrations

Guard of honour at Sheffield United Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Sheffield United celebrate 125th anniversary Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Sheffield United players from years ago were brought into the Bramall Lane stadium to give the current players a guard of honour, ahead of their game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It is to celebrate the club's 125th anniversary.

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Sheffield United draw at Preston

Sheffield United have continued their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw away to Preston North End.

The FA Cup Semi-Finalists struggled to break down a stubborn Preston rearguard and had a late penalty appeal turned down.

The result leaves Nigel Clough's men tenth in League One, ten points off the playoffs having played one game fewer than sixth placed Peterborough and two fewer than MK Dons, Walsall and Swindon in seventh, eighth and ninth.

For the match as it happened click here.

Ticket details for all-Yorkshire FA cup semi-final

Sheffield United and Hull City fans will be able to buy tickets for their Wembley FA cup semi-final from Monday March 24.

Prices range from £30 - £60, with Hull fans in the East, and Blades fans in the West of the stadium.

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Full ticket details and allocations for all four clubs in the #FACup Semi-Finals available here: http://t.co/y13HTdrbbs

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