NIGEL CLOUGH led by example last Friday night, sleeping rough at Bramall Lane to raise cash for two Sheffield charities for the homeless. Whatever misgivings exist about his managerial ability, our Nigel is a genuine character.
It was lights out under the stars at 11pm before heading off in the morning to for another uncomfortable experience at Oldham where his team were trailing 2-0 at half time, recovering to claim a point in a 2-2 draw.
Sleepout United in aid of Roundabout and St Wilfrid’s Centre raised £11,091. Clough said: “Sheffield United will always pride itself on being a family club. We enjoy wonderful relationships with the local community and we’re proud to support two fantastic causes in Roundabout and St Wilfrid’s.
“Sleepout United has given participants a taste of sleeping rough but it is nowhere near as tough as it can be if you’re doing it night after night. I hope the event has gone some way to raising both funds and awareness for both charities.
“There was a wonderful atmosphere on the night and I was delighted to share the experience with a number of our fans.”
Unitedites are very much divided when it comes to what’s happening on the field under Clough. There is no dispute, however, about the manager’s social conscience or the fact his heart is in the right place.
He was joined by other club staff, amongst more than 150 people, including Managing Director Mal Brannigan and Richard Poole, Head of Finance.
Roundabout helps more than 150 homeless young people aged 16 to 25 every day in Sheffield. The charity provides shelter, support, life skills, and offers advice and family mediation for those at risk of losing their home.
St Wilfrid's Centre, on Queens Road, supports homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded adults in Sheffield, providing essential welfare services including food and clothing, together with personal development activities to develop life, social and employability skills for up to 60 clients every weekday.