Following Luton Town’s unprecedented stadium name change last season, our next move for Men United is with York City. After a fan intervened, the Minstermen have agreed to change the name of one of their stands for the entire 2015/16 season in support of Men United.
Fans travelling to York will be able to cheer their team on from the newly named ‘Prostate Cancer UK Stand’, formerly known as the away end at Bootham Crescent, home to the Minstermen since 1932 - for one last season, at least.
As part of a unique tie-up, the 23 League Two clubs visiting throughout the campaign will be able to watch the action from the Prostate Cancer UK Stand and get behind a third team – Men United.
While this doesn't mean we expect vocal visiting fans to sing ‘Glory, Glory Men United’, it does mean supporters congregating at the ground can stand up and join the team that aims to beat prostate cancer.
Following Luton Town’s unprecedented stadium name change last season, the Minstermen are excited as we are to launch this new initiative.
The innovative idea came from York season-ticket holder and Men United member Daniel Pentland, 28 (pictured below), who will be working with us across the season, drawing attention to a disease that affects over 40,000 men in the UK every year.
The stand will be opened in the Capital One Cup first round clash with York’s West Yorkshire rivals Bradford City on Tuesday 11 August (7.45pm), before Hartlepool United are the first League Two visitors the following Saturday afternoon (15 August, 3pm).
York’s General Manager John McGhee said: “The partnership fits nicely with the Football League Official Charity Partnership the charity have, and we hope that by naming the away stand it helps to draw attention to this really important issue that affects so many men each year.
“We always attract a great away support with people wanting to visit the city of York because we have a reputation for welcoming visiting supporters. This is a fantastic way to get the message out there to a very wide audience.
“We’ll be working with the charity through the year and really hope it makes a difference.”
Daniel added: “As a long-standing York City fan that regularly travels up and down the country supporting my club, I’ve watched the highs and lows from many vantage points.
“There is always a special bond between fans in the away end, so I’ve been working with Prostate Cancer UK on a unique opportunity for visiting fans who visit Bootham Crescent this season.
“Hopefully, together with the traditional warm welcome afforded here at our famous ground, by offering travelling fans a totally new backdrop we will help raise awareness of this awful disease and stand together as Men United.”
As the Official Charity Partner of The Football League, we aim to reach millions of football fans through activities across football grounds to raise awareness of a disease that kills one man every hour in the UK.
Mark Bishop, our Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We would like to thank the club’s players, staff and supporters on behalf of the 300,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK. And of course, another special thank you to all the passionate away fans who are set to travel far and wide to support their club from our new vantage point.”
If you are travelling to Bootham Crescent this season, make sure you tell everyone you are in the Prostate Cancer UK Stand!