Paul Scholes to play with fan in fundraising match

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Members of the public are being offered the chance to play alongside ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes for up to £50,000 in an online fundraising auction via eBay.

The former England international, who made his second retirement from professional football at the end of last season, has agreed to take part in a charity game hosted by Stalybridge Celtic Juniors, his son's team.

The auction was launched on Monday with a starting bid of £10 but countless offers has caused the asking price to soar towards its £50,000 target, following a wave of publicity generated by the Daily Mail.

Live bidding is due to reach a conclusion on July 22 at 9pm, with the newly high-profile Stalybridge Celtic Juniors Coaches vs Dads match taking place on Friday 26 July in Cheshire.

Scholes, regarded by many as the most talented midfield player of his generation, also took part in the 2011 edition of the event, which saw press coverage including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Also involved in the match is former Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers defender Alan Wright, as the youth football club hopes to raise enough money to renovate its derelict changing rooms and clubhouse building.

So, with Scholes having already come out of retirement once in his career, it seems all eyes will be on his third coming as a football player - albeit in a somewhat more relaxed setting than the infamous Old Trafford.


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