11 Sep 2013
In - Football

Leeds United FC legend, Billy Bremner, has topped a nation-wide search for the all-time greatest captain in the history of The Football League.

On Wednesday 11 September 2013 Colin Taylor, a Prostate Cancer UK volunteer, met Eddie Gray at Elland Road, to induct Billy into the Men United Hall of Fame.

Ex-team mate Gray said:

"I'm delighted to announce that my ex-team mate and Leeds legend Billy Bremner has been voted in as the greatest captain in Football League history.

On behalf of Prostate Cancer UK I would like to thank Lees fans for their support.

Over 5,000 fans voted overall (35% voted for Billy) and that means 5,000 more fans are aware of a deadly opposition, prostate cancer."

Fans favourite Bremner will now take the armband in the figurehead role as captain of 'Men United' and is to be immortalised into our Men United Hall of Fame.

The newly extended three-year Official Charity Partnership between Prostate Cancer UK and The Football League aims to reach over 16 million fans across the terraces, raising awareness of the disease which affects 1 in 8 men sometime in their life and kills over 10,000 men a year.

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Bremner (1959-76) fought off stiff competition from all 72 Football League nominated skippers in the first round of votes last month to enter the top five final fan vote last week, alongside legendary skippers - Mick Mills of Ipswich Town, Paul Robinson of Millwall FC, Archie Gibson of Scunthorpe United and Nat Lofthouse of Bolton Wanderers, to be crowned the 'Greatest Captain in the History of The Football League',

The late captain helped put Leeds United firmly on the map by leading the Whites during their most successful era, collecting an impressive haul of silverwear in doing so. The Scottish footballer's legendary status has been celebrated over the years in song, film and statue. His legacy will now live on to help inspire a winning team to fight a disease which kills one man every hour. This season fans across England and Wales are being urged put aside their rivalries on the pitch and join 'Men United' in the fight against prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer UK's Mark Bishop, said: "As the league celebrates its 125th anniversary year, these are exciting times in our journey to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life as the official charity partner of The Football League. 

"The fans have spoken and we are delighted to crown, Billy Bremner, as the all-time greatest captain in the history of The Football League. Sadly Bremner is no longer with us, but this has not stopped his legendary status or deterred Leeds United fans' love for their greatest skipper. I am delighted that Bremner has topped the poll to become our figurehead of 'Men United' and look forward to fully enrolling him into our Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all four runners up including Mick Mills of Ipswich Town for coming in second place. 

"As well as celebrating the League's greatest sporting heroes, our aim is to empower men to take urgent action by tackling the disease head on and to be part of  winning team to fight this killer disease which affects 1 in 8 men during their lifetime. With prostate cancer increasing at an alarming rate across our stadiums, this is one game we can't afford to lose." 

This season, the 125th anniversary of The Football League, fans are being urged put aside their rivalries on the pitch and join 'Men United' in the fight against prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer UK is encouraging mates, brothers, dads and granddads to sign up for the most important game up their lives, wise up to the disease and take action to fight prostate cancer. 

Sign for Men United and register for the Official Charity Partner e-newsletter packed full of exclusive football stories, with opportunities for fans to enter the Men United Hall of Fame.

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