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Former Sheffield United hero Brian Deane will grace the Bramall Lane pitch one more time after confirming he will be a part of a ‘Legends’ exhibition game next month.

The game at Bramall Lane on August 7 will pit legends from both England and Germany together, with the winner lifting the ‘Derek Dooley Memorial Cup’ in honour of the late former Blades chairman.

The event will also ignite an affinity for 40-year-old Deane, who made 224 appearances in a Blades shirt, scoring 119 goals – including the first in the Premier League, against Manchester United in August 1992.

“It is also going to be great to take the Bramall Lane pitch once again,” said Deane. “It (the Legends match) is going to be a fantastic occasion, and a fitting tribute to Derek Dooley – a fine man who I had a very good relationship with.”

Deane: In his third spell at Bramall Lane, aged 38

Deane is one of only a handful of players to have represented the Blades in three decades – he arrived at Bramall Lane in 1988 from Doncaster Rovers for just £40,000, then had a five-month spell in 1997 before enjoying one last farewell by making two cameo appearances from the substitutes bench in United’s promotion winning season of 2005/06. He almost capped his goodbye with a goal, but he was denied by a fantastic save from Brighton goalkeeper Michel Kuipers.

“After I first joined Sheffield United in 1988, those five years were some of the happiest of my career,” he remembers. “It was great to be part of such as successful team under Dave Bassett, who really let me express myself as a young player.

“In fact, the three times I played for the England national team was while I was at Bramall Lane. I am going to spend the next month getting fit to make sure I give a good account of myself against what will be a competitive Germany side.”

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Des Walker has also signed up to appear in the match. Walker spent nine years at Hillsborough, making over 300 appearances, and has 59 England caps.

England Legends manager Peter Reid said: “It is superb news that Brian and Des have agreed to line up against Germany, and gives the match a real Sheffield feel that I’m sure would have pleased Derek Dooley.

“I hope supporters of United and Wednesday will come along and shout on the lads on 7th August – we’re going to need all the support we can when we face Germany.”

The match, played to raise funds for The Red Cross China Earthquake Appeal, will be broadcast live on ITV4. Tickets are £10 for adults (over 16) and £5 for children/OAPs, plus a booking fee and are available directly from United. Season ticket holders can attend for £8 adults and £5 for children/OAP’s.

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