Not one for shrinking violets!

Tuesday, 4th August 2009

The gauntlet’s been thrown down, and the challenge has been accepted…

More than five centuries after the last battle for supremacy between Lancashire and Yorkshire, armour-clad warriors wielding sticks instead of swords and sporting skates will once again cross the Pennines to do battle, this time on ice in a modern day ‘War of the Roses’.

This English Premier League Pre-Season clash featuring league newcomer the Manchester Phoenix versus the Sheffield Scimitars is a two-legged contest during the weekend of Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September.

With Sheffield hosting the first leg at iceSheffield, a veritable fortress in the ‘Steel City’, on Saturday 12th, Scimitars boss, Gary Apsley said: “This is another great initiative for ice hockey, and I’m really looking forward to testing our mettle against what is shaping up to be one of the league’s top sides.
It’s also an early opportunity to welcome back to Sheffield, the Phoenix Player Coach Tony Hand MBE who, as every British ice hockey fan knows, was a hugely popular Steelers legend.”
Phoenix boss, Neil Morris, was equally enthusiastic, saying: “Games involving teams from Manchester and Sheffield have always been lively encounters and I’m really looking forward to seeing how we fare against one of the league’s powerhouses. Both teams have proud traditions and I hope that we can generate some real rivalry for the benefit of our respective fans and the sport in general.”

Tickets for what will hopefully become an annual curtain-raiser go on sale August 15th for the Saturday, September 12th (Face-off 7:30pm) game at iceSheffield priced £6.00 Adults, £4.00 Concessions & £15.00 Family (2+2) with £1 from every ticket sold going toward the Scimitars Charity Appeal; and on sale August 17th for the Sunday, September 13th (Face-off 5:30pm) game at Altrincham Silver Blades Ice Dome priced £6.00 for everyone with £1.00 from every ticket sold benefiting Manchester’s junior development programme.

For more information, contact: Dave Biggar on 0161 301 6848