A match between German footballing legends and fans at Sheffield’s oldest football club has raised funds for Bluebell Wood. 

The game, between former Borussia Dortmund players and members of their England and Scotland fan clubs was held at the home of Sheffield FC in Dronfield. Borussia Dortmund are eight time German champions and winners of the 1997 Champions league. A half time raffle and a donation from ticket sales raised £362.

Bluebell Wood children were invited to be mascots at the game, which saw former Borussia Dortmund and Germany international Michael Lusch, and ex-Manchester City and Dortmund defender Steffen Karl among those on the pitch. 

The legends’ team decided to support Bluebell Wood after looking at charities in the area around Sheffield FC. Benjamin McFadyean, who coordinated the match, said:

“These games are a great opportunity for Borussia Dortmund fans to meet former players from the squad or even join them on the pitch in a fun, friendly setting, and help to raise funds for valuable local causes. We’re delighted to have supported Bluebell Wood at this legends’ game.”

Bill Towning from Sheffield FC said: "We were very pleased to be able to stage this event for the BVB Fans Team to help raise funds for Bluebell Wood, and its vital work for families in the Sheffield area."

Lucy Rathbone, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Borussia Dortmund legends team and their fans for thinking of Bluebell Wood. It was a fantastic day out and our families who attended really enjoyed being involved, especially the children who were mascots for the game.

Every penny raised will help our families to make special memories, whether they have days, months or years left together.”