John Bailey, the Angler's Mail star, will line up with football stars.

In a first for our sport, Angler’s Mail magazine columnist John Bailey will be playing FOOTBALL for Manchester United Legends against Celtic Legends at Celtic Park!

The high profile Legends match is on ITV4 on Tuesday, August 9 at 7.45pm and repeated the following morning at 11am.

Proceeds of the all-star game, featuring former top pro players and celebs of entertainment and sport, will benefit the East African famine appeal.

John, who played at top level in his youth, cannot wait for a taste of the action. It’s a far cry from the world of tranquil riverbanks and lakes around the world, where he has forged a name as an angling legend.

‘Fishing and football, Manchester United in particular, have been my life’s passions,’ said popular writer John, who admitted a love of Norwich City FC to the Mail.

Read John’s The Thinking Angler column every week – he is exclusive to Angler’s Mail magazine.

The issue on sale from Tuesday, August 9 includes a very special interview with the man himself, about his secret football past. Don’t miss it!

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