Pitchside announcer Alan Keegan will work at England Women's Euro qualifier v Holland
England v Holland
UEFA European Women's 2013 Championship
Group 6 Qualifier
5.15pm, Sunday 17 June 2012
Salford City Stadium
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On Sunday 17 June, the self-proclaimed ‘Voice of Old Trafford’ will become the ‘Voice of Salford City Stadium’.
Manchester United’s legendary pitchside announcer Alan Keegan, who has worked at the club for 12 years, has kindly agreed to give up his Father’s Day to work at England’s vital UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 qualifier against Holland and the football-mad United fan cannot wait for the game to get underway.
"My daughter Hannah is captain of the Stockport County U18s so I've always had a strong connection with women's football and that's why I'm delighted to be working at the England game on Sunday,” he said.
"It's a first for me work-wise and I'm really looking forward to it.
"I had to check with Mrs Keegan that everything was OK on the Father’s Day front, but we're a football family and we'll combine the two - which, hopefully, a number of other families will do as well."
A bit of a celebrity in Manchester, Keegan has enjoyed a busy few weeks since the Premier League season came to a close. As well as sponsorship activities, he worked at Soccer Aid last month, has recorded a voiceover for a national radio station and will soon be embarking on United’s summer tour to South Africa and China.
But he is happy to have one last outing on his home patch before his travels begin.
"I've watched the stadium grow brick by brick because I go over the Barton Bridge pretty much every week,” he said. “It's a fantastic stadium and I think it's in an ideal location for fans to get to.
“I know there's a football party planned before the game so it should make for a great day out."
As Keegan alluded to, from 3pm on Sunday The FA and the Manchester FA have lined up a football festival aimed at girls aged between 5-17. It is a free festival which will combine skills and drills with FA-qualified coaches, music, games, competitions and prizes.
Liverpool’s Danielle Lea and Everton and England U19 trio Alex Greenwood, Nikita Parris and Paige Williams will be in attendance to mingle with fans, pose for photos and sign autographs.
England currently lie second in Group 6, five points behind the Dutch but with a game in hand. The two sides drew 0-0 in Zwolle last October and Hope Powell's charges know they must win in Salford to avoid a two-legged play-off in October. If Holland win they will seal automatic qualification.
Squad in full – click here for full player profiles
Rachel Brown (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy), Carly Telford (Chelsea)
Laura Bassett (Birmingham City), Sophie Bradley (Lincoln Ladies), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Lincoln Ladies), Dunia Susi (Chelsea), Rachel Unitt (Birmingham City)
Anita Asante (Goteborg), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Steph Houghton (Arsenal), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Everton), Fara Williams (Everton)
Eniola Aluko (Birmingham City), Toni Duggan (Everton), Ellen White (Arsenal), Rachel Williams (Birmingham City), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal)
* Karen Bardsley (Linköping) withdrew from squad through injury (fractured finger)
Tickets for the crucial clash against Holland are on sale now, priced just £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. U12s will be free when accompanied by an adult and wheelchair users will pay £2.50, carer will go free