PNE and Blackpool football legends to battle it out

The Knight's Trophy which will be competed for by former PNE and Blackpool players
The Knight's Trophy which will be competed for by former PNE and Blackpool players
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Old rivals from either end of the M55 will pull on their boots this weekend as former Preston and Blackpool players go toe-to-toe for charity.

PNE’s Invincibles take on Blackpool Legends at Bamber Bridge’s Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Sunday (2pm).

Former PNE striker Jon Macken

Former PNE striker Jon Macken

All proceeds from the game will go to Simon Grayson’s fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK.

As well as playing for pride and local bragging rights, the winners will receive a fine trophy.

The Knight’s Trophy has been donated by Barton Grange and is in honour of Sir Tom Finney and Sir Stanley Matthews.

Match organiser Tom Roe told the Evening Post: “Peter and Guy Topping from Barton Grange have kindly donated this fantastic trophy.

“It is a superb piece of work and very heavy for the winning captain to lift.

“The name of the trophy is to honour two great football knights – Sir Tom Finney and Sir Stanley Matthews.

“With Preston and Blackpool playing, we thought this was a fitting name.

Those set to turn out for the North End XI include Jon Macken, Lee Ashcroft, Paul McKenna, Sean Gregan, Ian Bryson, Brian O’Neill, Matt Hill, Youl Mawene and David Lucas.

They will be lead on to the pitch by PNE legend George Ross.

Blackpool’s side will include Trevor Sinclair, Danny Coid, Garry Taylor-Fletcher and David Eyres.

Roe said: “Many former players of both clubs have committed themselves to this game and it will be great to see them pull on the short again.

“There are one or two 
players who have played for both clubs and it might be a case of them changing sides at half-time.

“We have got the former Premier League referee Mark Halsey coming down to take charge.

“Every penny raised will go to Simon Grayson’s prostate cancer charity.

“It is £5, with children admitted free if they are accompanied by an adult.

“The turnstiles open at 1pm with kick-off at 2pm.

“The bar will be open and afterwards there is a band called ‘The Heat’ playing.

“We have got a raffle with the prizes including signed drawings of Sir Tom and Sir Stanley.

“It promises to be a great afternoon for a worthy cause and we are very grateful to everyone who has donated their time and energy to this.

“Former players always enjoy pulling on the shirt again and rolling back the years – it still means the world to them.

“It would be great to get as many fans down to watch and I’m sure it will be a good game.

“The main thing is that we raise a lot of money for a very worth-while charity.”

Anyone who wants to be a mascot for the game is ask to contact Tom Roe on 07813678889.

Roe added: “If a youngster wants to be a mascot, they would be very welcome. We just ask for a donation to the charity.”