Yorkshire stars heading to Bridlington

Bridlington Town's Danny Buttle has featured for the YIFA team
Bridlington Town's Danny Buttle has featured for the YIFA team

International football is heading to Bridlington this summer, with the Yorkshire International Football Association team tackling a Yorkshire Legends side.

Queensgate will be the venue for the charity game on Saturday August 5, 1pm kick-off, the match being held to support Andy’s Man Club, which aims to help men talk about mental health.

The Yorkshire squad is made up of players from differing levels of non-league from the National League North to the West Yorkshire Premier League, from teams teams as far ranging as FC United of Manchester and Brid Town to Beeston St Anthony’s and Nostell MW.

The team was set up last July with the purpose of establishing a Yorkshire football team to enter into international competition.

Bridlington Town’s Danny Buttle and former Seasider Tom Greaves have already featured for the Yorkshire team.

Yorkshire IFA head coach Ryan Farrell said: “Football and community go hand in hand, and since I’ve been head coach for Yorkshire I’ve seen the whole county unite in a positive common cause.

“I’m really excited for the squad to play a Yorkshire All-Stars team, it will bring great awareness to what we’re doing as a football association, as well as raising money for a hugely valuable cause, Andy’s Man Club.

“We know how many young men face mental health challenges but feel unable to talk about them, so we hope this match helps raise awareness of the appallingly high male suicide rate in this country.

“We hope that people from across Yorkshire can come out and support the YIFA, and all the lads taking part in the all-stars team and help us show that Yorkshire is united in football and as a community.”

The Legends team has not been announced yet, but the captain of the side will be actor Lewis Reeves, best known for his role as Jake in Netflix series Crazyhead.