Stars come out for Morecambe’s charity China launch

Lee Sharpe during his Manchester United days.
Lee Sharpe during his Manchester United days.

The stars will come out at the Globe Arena on Sunday as Morecambe FC launch their China link-up with a major charity football tournament.

TV presenter Jeff Brazier and former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe are amongst the names confirmed for a Celebrity XI that will take on a Shrimps Legends XI and Shanghai Clever, the team founded by Yan Yanjie, the man linking up with the club as they bid to build their brand in Shanghai.

The day is all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK with three games taking place from 1pm.

The Morecambe Legends squad will be player-managed by Jim Bentley and includes Lee Jones, Scott Davies, Paul Burns, Ben Lavelle, Michael Howard, Paul West, David McKearney, Neil Sorvel, Phil Eastwood, Andy Grimshaw, Garry Hunter, John Coleman, Justin Jackson, Dave McNiven, Wayne Curtis, Danny Carlton, Kenny McKenna, John Norman, Kenny Mayers, Ian Cain and Stewart Drummond.

The Celebrity XI will be managed by West Ham United Boss Sam Allardyce with the line up including Lee Martin, Clayton Blackmore, Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock, David May, England cricketer Jade Dernbach, former Big Brother winner Anthony Hutton, Lee Sharpe, Luther Blissett, Jeff Brazier, Matt Jansen, Kevin Gallagher, The Only Way is Essex’s Lewis Bloor, Ade Akinbiyi, Dean Saunders and Trevor Sinclair and Neil Wainwright.

Shanghai Clever, who will become the first team registered in China to play at an English Football League ground, will be managed by Chinese football legend Fan Zhiyi.

The side will include a host of former Chinese international players.

There will be lots going on around the football with bouncy castles, candy floss machines and a mascots penalty shoot-out with the Morecambe Warblers and More Music providing entertainment throughout the day.

Tickets are still available from the Globe Arena club shop or by visiting

Terrace tickets are £1 for children, £2 for juniors, £7 for concessions, students and over 65s, and £10 for adults.

To sit in the main Peter McGuigan stand costs £2 for children, £4 for juniors, £8 for concessions and £12 for adults.