With the exciting Man Utd & Liverpool Legends Versus Growers United around the corner, here are some of the 'Legends' players who have confirmed their participation:
Arthur Albiston (MUFC)
– During a distinguished career Arthur made almost 500 appearances for Manchester United between 1974 and 1988. He helped the club win the FA Cup in 1977, 1983 and 1985. Also he represented Scotland 14 times was selected for their 1986 FIFA World Cup squad.
David May (MUFC)
– In 1994, David was brought into Manchester United from league rivals at the time Blackburn Rovers for 1.2 million. He remained at Old Trafford for 9 years and was part of 1999 treble winning side that clinched the Champions League in Barcelona with a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich.
Lee Martin (MUFC)
– Lee began his career in the Manchester United youth system. In 1990, he scored the only goal in the FA Cup final replay against Crystal Palace. Martin played a total of 108 games and scored two goals for United before he left Old Trafford in January 1994.
Sammy Mcilroy (MUFC)
- Debuts don't come much more unnerving than the Manchester derby, but the 17 year-old Sammy McIlroy came through his baptism of fire with flying colours – scoring once and assisting twice at Maine Road to instantly endear himself to the United faithful. The Northern Irish winger was Matt Busby’s final signing at Old Trafford, penning amateur forms with United in August 1969 and went on to make over 350 appearances for the club.
Clayton Blackmore (MUFC)
- Blackmore began his professional career at Manchester United in 1982, having progressed through the club's youth ranks. He remained at Old Trafford for twelve years making 186 league appearances.
Ben Thornley (MUFC)
– Part of the famous class of ’92 which won the FA Youth Cup. 1991 to 1998 but was occasionally used as a striker. He made his debut for United on 26 February 1994. A tricky, right-footed left winger who was highly regarded by Alex Ferguson, Ben stayed with Manchester United from 1991 to 1998.
Alan Kennedy (LFC)
- Alan was a great attacking full-back who had a knack of scoring vital goals that helped the Reds clinch silverware. He scored the winning goal in Paris against Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup final and three years later scored the deciding spot-kick in Rome 1984. He went on to make over 350 appearances for Liverpool.
Jan Molby (LFC)
- More commonly known to Liverpool fans as Big Jan or the Great Dane, is widely regarded as the finest passer of a football to ever pull on the red shirt. In his 12 years with Liverpool he split defences for fun on his way to making 292 appearances and notching 60 goals.
Michael Thomas (LFC)
- Thomas made himself a popular figure at Liverpool when he scored a tremendous goal in the FA Cup final versus Sunderland at the end of his first season. The 1994-95 season saw Thomas claim another winner's medal, when the Reds won the League Cup final against Bolton Wanderers. Then two years later he helped Liverpool reach the 1996 FA Cup final.
Paul Walsh (LFC)
- Walsh was voted PFA's most promising player of the year in 1983/84 and was at the centre of a bidding war between Manchester United and Liverpool. He opted for a move to Merseyside. He went straight into the first team and scored after just fifteen seconds of his home debut against West Ham. He scored three times in Liverpool’s successful run in Europe and played in the ill-fated final against Juventus in Brussels.
Tony Warner (LFC)
- Tony began his career at Liverpool in 1994. He stayed at Anfield for 5 years providing cover to David James.
Don Hutchinson (LFC)
- Don Hutchinson was a shining midfield light in Liverpool's 1992-93 side under. That was the season which brought Hutch all 10 of his goals in a red shirt, as well as 42 appearances. He made his debut against Notts County in March 1992 before cementing a first team berth the following season, forming an effective central midfield partnership with Jamie Redknapp.