Players, rivals and legends sign up to fight prostate cancer ahead of new football season
As the Premier League transfer window closes, we're proud to announce our own big signings to the cause – including England legends Frank Lampard and Ray Clemence, the entire Southend United team and four fierce Championship rivals. They join a huge football family uniting together to help us relegate prostate cancer forever.
Southend United wear the cause on their chest
The League One football club's new kit will carry our logo as the main sponsor, with manager Chris Powell hailing our new partnership as a lifesaver.
"By having Prostate Cancer UK on the shirt, messages in the programme and stories of people that have survived, we will definitely save lives and be the bearers of knowledge for prostate cancer in Essex. It’s a really proud moment for us," he says.
For us too, Chris!
Forest, Derby, QPR and Millwall forge unlikely partnerships
Championship club rivalries in the East Midlands and London will be put to one side in a pair of unprecedented partnerships to raise awareness and funds for our work.
There'll be match day collections and special stadium events when Nottingham Forest meet Derby County, and QPR play Millwall, and rival fans will ride together in our Football to Amsterdam fundraising cycle ride.
Frank Lampard, the Chelsea and England legend and now Derby County manager, has praised the deal, saying: "It’s excellent to see the club are continuing their strong support for Prostate Cancer UK during the 2018/19 campaign."
THE STAFF & FANS
Brentford fans fly the flag for prostate cancer
Incredibly now in his 50th year as Brentford FC's PA announcer, Peter Gilham was bowled over by the support he received from the club and the fans when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.
"The moment I announced it, I had messages from fans, players past and present, managers from around the country and from people who’ve also been affected by prostate cancer. It was just amazing," he says.
"Then they held a collection for Prostate Cancer UK, and then came the enormous flag…"
Ray Clemence recruits his son to the cause
Former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has been living with advanced prostate cancer since 2005. A long-time ambassador for us, he's now got his son, Stephen – a first-team coach at Aston Villa – on board too.
They opened up about the impact prostate cancer has had on their relationship in our recent revealing interview. And Ray was joined by another England legend, Sir Geoff Hurst, handing out medals at Wembley to the heroic finishers of our Football March for Men.
Thank you all, and everyone in the football family. With your help, we are changing the game for men.