FORMER Blackburn Rovers stars Colin Hendry and Kevin Gallacher will line up with ex-Clarets players Stephen Jones and Dean West to take on a team of soap stars tomorrow in a charity game for the Len Johnrose Trust and Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

The match kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday and will see Corrie neighbours Kurt, Chesney and Tyrone (actors Andy Whyment, Rossendale's Sam Aston and Alan Halsall) join the Jet 2 TV All Stars team at Chorley FC’s Victory Park ground.

Besides the Corrie trio, the celebrity team includes Romeo, Damon, Darren and Tony from Holyoaks (Owen Warner, Jacob Roberts, Ashley Taylor Dawson and Nick Pickard) and Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) and Sam Dingle (James Hooton) from Emmerdale.

Also on the Rosemere Legends side of the former professionals include Brett Ormerod who played for Accrington Stanley and Blackpool FC, ensuring all local pro teams are represented.

The match is being organised by Whittle-le-Woods football fan and chef Ian Crowther, Chorley’s Tony Cartwright and former soldier Damian Chamberlain, of Oswaldtwistle, who is also player manager of the Blackburn-based Poppy-Mai FC first team.

It has sponsorship from Green Thumb Blackburn, John Harrison Sports, Marc Darcy, Preston’s Wright Way to Travel and Ainscough Training Services Ltd and Wheelton’s The Dressers Arms plus, which sponsors the TV team.

Ian, a cancer survivor, is hoping to replicate the success of the game he organised last May when a team of former local pros played against a “best of local leagues” XI in a match at AFC Darwen’s ground. It raised more than £4,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation but this time around, all proceeds will be split equally with the Len Johnrose Trust.

It is raising funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and to help former pro footballer Len Johnrose and his family as he battles to live his life as full possible while suffering from the disease with which he was diagnosed in 2017.

Defensive midfielder Len played for Blackburn Rovers and Burnley during his professional career.

Tickets priced at £5 for adults, £3 for children and £14 for a family of four (two adults, two children) will be available on the day.

Ian said: “I am delighted to be involved in putting on what I think will be a fantastic game of football for what I know are two absolutely fantastic causes.