SUNDERLAND’S most successful strike force of the Premier League era will be reunited next month as a Sunderland XI take on a team from Wolves at Jody Craddock’s charity testimonial.
Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips will play alongside each other for the first time in more than a decade as former manager Peter Reid and his right-hand man, Bobby Sexton, take charge of a star-studded Black Cats side.
Quinn and Phillips will be joined by a host of former players including Micky Gray, Alex Rae, Thomas Sorensen, Thomas Myhre, Allan Johnston, Gavin McCann and Kevin Kilbane for the game which will take place at Molineux on Monday, May 5 (Bank Holiday Monday) at 2pm.
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The proceeds from the match will go to Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital where Craddock’s four-year-old son, Toby, has been treated for leukaemia since being diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
Former Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy, who spent six years in charge at Molineux, will lead out a Wolves team that will include past and present players.
Craddock said: “I have been speaking to my former managers and team-mates from both Wolves and Sunderland and am really pleased that pretty much all of them are planning to make the game, as long as club commitments allow.
“Everyone knows how much I enjoyed my time at both Wolves and Sunderland, particularly the two promotions, and the admiration and respect I will always have for both sets of supporters.
“Hopefully this game will provide a great showpiece event to the testimonial and will prove both a fun and exciting afternoon for everyone who comes along.”
Tickets for the game are on sale now, priced at £10 for adults or £5 for under-17s and over-65s. Family tickets are also available, priced at £20 for two adults and two children. Tickets are available via www.wolves.co.uk and can be printed at home.