A host of footballing legends are throwing down the gauntlet to support Leyland’s own Progress Charity Cup football match and to raise money for the UK homelessness charity, Shelter.

Ex-Manchester City players including Peter Barnes, Paul Dickov, Colin Hendry, Shaun Goater, Uwe Rosler and Nicky Weaver will be competing against a team of staff from Leyland-based Progress Housing Group at the grounds of Lancashire Football Association on Thurston Road, Leyland on Saturday 12 May.

The family friendly event will see the gates open at 12noon and the match will kick off at 1.30pm.

Money from ticket sales will go to UK charity Shelter who support people who are homeless or are living in housing that is inadequate.

“We are delighted to be running this event with the Lancashire Football Association and the Manchester City Legends. “We feel football is a great way to bring communities together and we hope that this event will do just that, whilst at the same time having some fun along the way. “We wanted to make a real difference to people’s lives so the money raised from the ticket sales will go to UK homelessness charity, Shelter who do an incredible job in supporting people and helping them to get into secure housing.” Said, Jacqui De-Rose, Group Chief Executive of Progress Housing Group


David Chell, Head of Commercial & Operations at the Lancashire Football Association said: “Everyone at Lancashire FA is really pleased to be working with Progress Housing Group to stage this event at our headquarters.

“We are looking forward to bring some Manchester City fan favourites to Leyland and we'd love to see as many people as possible head to the County Ground for a fun family day out.

“It will be brilliant for the community and it's great that all profits will go to Shelter, a truly worthwhile cause.”

Peter Barnes, who played for Manchester City from 1972-1979 and again in 1987-1989 said: “Shelter is a great cause and we are all looking forward to the game.”

Colin Hendry who also played for Manchester City from 1989 to 1991 said: “I play for the Manchester City Legends Team as it is great to be involved whilst helping to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Tickets for the charity football match go on sale today at £6 per adult and £3 per child – click on the following link to buy yours http://lancashirefa.eticketme.com/sales