Boys in blue take on red legend

Date published: 08 May 2014

Oldham Police are limbering up to face Manchester United legend Paul Scholes at football.

Scholes will play for Chadderton Park FC to raise money for The Christie at the Royal Oldham Hospital and the Hadassah Orphanage in Kenya.

The former United ace, who made 718 appearances for the club, was an online sensation in December after scoring from his own half in a seven a side game for Chadderton Park Legends. He scored 12 goals in the 16-4 win.

Paul said: “I love this club immensely and the work it does for the local area, children and adults alike.

“It’s all for a good cause and to enjoy a kick about against the boys in blue. We won’t be holding back though - and neither will Jimmy, our 56-year-old centre half!”

The match is tomorrow (7.15pm) at North Chadderton School and has already raised more than £10,000 for the two charities.

Facing Chadderton Park FC will be a team of officers and staff from Greater Manchester Police’s Oldham Division.

GMP team captain Aaron Parmar, who is a custody detention officer, can’t wait to oppose his idol.

“Being a lifelong United fan it’s really special to be able to play against my favourite player. The fact that we are able to do this and raise a great amount of money for two fantastic charities is an amazing feeling.

Paul Scholes is an amazing professional and role model and we would all like to thank him and Chadderton Park for agreeing this event.”

Football fans can turn up on the night to watch the game. Donations can be made at