Sheffield Wednesday: Owls legends to reunite for charity match

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Owls legends are set to take part in a charity football match to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK next month.

Chris Waddle will bring together a team of former international and Premier League stars, including John Sheridan and David Hirst, to take on a Hallam FC veterans side in support of Men United on October 4.

Fernando Forestieri

Fernando Forestieri

Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders and ex-Sheffield United midfielder Jamie Hoyland have also signed up for the event, which will be staged at Sandygate, kick-off 2pm.

The match is in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, who are fighting the most common cancer in men.

Former England international Waddle told The Star: “It is all about raising awareness of Prostate Cancer. There are a lot of people in the world who have got it; I would think most people know someone who has had it.

“For things to improve, they need money. We have got the little badges with Men United which people can buy on the day.

“We are just looking to contribute in anyway we can. Hopefully this go towards saving people’s lives or stopping people developing Prostate Cancer.

“It is a very worthy cause and all the money raised will help.”

The fund-raiser will also feature a raffle and an auction. Food and drink will be served in Hallam’s club-house.

Tickets are priced at £5 and people can add a donation on Hallam’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/chriswaddlematch as your ‘Virtual Ticket’.

“We are going to wear Prostate Cancer on our kit and the shirts that we wear will be auctioned off,” said Waddle. “Hopefully the weather will be nice on the day and we will get a good turn-out.

“We are asking all Wednesday, Sheffield United and neutral fans to come along and enjoy the match.”

It is the third year in a row Waddle and Hallam have linked up to put on a charity event.

Waddle said: “We were recommended Prostate Cancer UK by John Hemmingham who plays in the Wednesday band.

“We just thought it would be a good idea. We had a decent response at the event last year and hopefully this one will do very well too and everyone will go away happy.”

Wednesday returned to winning ways on Saturday, edging a five-goal thriller against Fulham. Victory lifted Carlos Carvalhal’s men up to 14th in the Championship table after eight outings.

Waddle said: “I saw the Burnley game and thought they played okay but got caught out on the counter attack. They showed maybe a little bit of naivety chasing the game towards the end.

“They could have won at Bolton and there has been a couple of games that they have drawn or lost which they could have won.

“They have brought a lot of players in who have to get used to the manager’s system. Stuart Gray did a great job but it is different to his.

“He [Carvalhal] likes to play open, attacking football.”

Media pundit Waddle claims Wednesday must recruit a prolific striker to push on. Carvalhal’s side have expressed an interest in signing Sunderland striker Danny Graham on loan.

“They need a striker who is going to get them 15-20 goals,” he said. “For all the willingess and honesty of who is playing up front at the moment, you need that quality in the final third.

“Fernando [Forestieri] has fitted in well. You can see he is a talent. He can create and open doors.

“He probably knows himself he could score more goals and there have been some chances he has not taken.

“Marco Matias has got in some good positions but missed a couple of chances against Bolton.

“The key to finishing in the play-offs or half way up the league at any level is taking the chances you create. They are one player away from completing the jigsaw.

“Defensively and in midfield I think Wednesday have got a lot of players who can handle that league comfortably but it boils down to who is going to score the goals. When you’ve got a natural goal-scorer in your team, it gives everyone a lift.

“If you haven’t got a guy who can do that, then you will get punished despite all that hard work you put in.”

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