We've been difficult to ignore across the Football League this season, and that's in large part thanks to our superhero fans and clubs up and down the land. So with the Play Off Finals deciding teams' promotion fates this weekend, we're proudly promoting our own team – Men United – and all those helping to fight prostate cancer in each of the lower tiers of English football.
David Annand and our match day collectors
Not only has he been a fantastic fundraiser this season in joining Jeff Stelling on his Men United March, David is a fantastic ambassador for the cause. And this weekend he'll be leading our match day collection volunteers at all three promotional finals at Wembley, including the most lucrative game in football.
Southend United’s Chief Executive will be joining us as one of our guests at Wembley, before he rides to Amsterdam on his second Football to Amsterdam in the proud knowledge he’s our top fundraiser on the London leg of the biggest ride in football. Steve is riding in memory of his dad.
Mr Stelling returns to Wembley – but this time by car. Last time he completed 262 miles from Hartlepool to the national stadium, visiting 34 clubs and raising over £375,000 to help beat prostate cancer. Today, he’ll be our Guest of Honour and will meet the players on the pitch before the game.
Millwall & Barnsley
If it was up to us, Millwall would be top of the league every season after joining our fight right from the start and proudly displaying Prostate Cancer UK on their shirts, raising money, and helping spread our message far and wide.
But Barnsley are right up there in supporting us, too. Not only did they create a special edition of their shirt for auction earlier this season, our Football to Amsterdam northern leg also starts from their Oakwell ground on Friday 3 June.
Another fantastic supporter of ours, after he lost his dad, Steve, to prostate cancer, Dave became a relentless fundraiser to honour his dad’s memory. He joins his mate Steve at Wembley as our Guest of Honour a week before they set off from Barnsley to Amsterdam on their second European adventure as part of Men United.
Social media supremo Joe Eley volunteered for 10 days straight on Jeff Stelling’s Men United March, and was responsible for much of our video and photos on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well holding the team together emotionally! He’s another one of our Barnsley v Millwall guests.
We’re delighted to welcome back Hartlepool United’s Chief Executive, Russ Green, to Wembley as our Guest of Honour on Bank Holiday Monday. Russ joined his mate Jeff Stelling on the Men United March, and will be with his partner Jackie today – an inspiration to him on his 10-marathon walk.
Dan is a York City fan and it’s been a hard season for the Minster Men. This season he’s been writing regular features in York City’s programmes featuring Prostate Cancer UK, organised his own Men United March when City played Exeter back in August, and was instrumental in renaming Bootham Crescent’s away end The Prostate Cancer UK Stand.
Ivor Heller & AFC Wimbledon
The guys from the Cherry Red Records stadium, including their Chief Executive Ivor Hellor, were a fantastic support on the final day of Jeff Stelling’s Men United March, giving the team a much-needed boost on their final day of the 262-mile journey. Now they face Plymouth Argyle and are just 90 mins away from League 1 football.
You can’t ignore such fantastic support, much like football fans across the country can’t ignore our message.
Good luck to all the teams in this year’s play off finals. We'll see you next season!