BOSSES UNITE TO BEAT BIG KILLER
JOHN LYONS on how football managers are doing their bit...
IN THE cut-throat football world, managers could be forgiven for thinking only of themselves – but, thankfully, they are able to see the bigger picture.
A host of bosses from the EFL (and Premier League) have given their backing to a new campaign by Prostate Cancer UK, the official charity of the EFL.
Chilling statistics show prostate cancer kills one man every 45 minutes, and now the managers have come together to raise awareness of the dangers of the most common cancer in men.
The managers are giving ‘team talks’ to encourage men to get themselves checked out, while many will be wearing Prostate Cancer UK’s iconic ‘Man of Men’ pin badge on the touchline during the season to show their support.
Sunderland manager Simon Grayson, who lost his best friend Steve Garbett to prostate cancer in September 2014 and has helped raise more than £100,000 for the charity, is leading the charge.
He said :“Garby’s brave tenyear fight opened my eyes about the dangers of this disease, and I’m proud to wear my Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge on the touchline every game, to raise awareness. That man represents you, me and everyone affected by this disease.”
Since the 2014-15 campaign, the distinctive ‘Man of Men’ symbol has been included on every single player’s kit as part of his individual squad number – the first time ever that a charity’s logo has been included by a domestic league on every player’s strip. Within each and every number is the charity’s iconic logo, symbolising everyone who wants to stop prostate cancer becoming a killer. To show your support and get a Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge to wear with pride, text BADGE to 70004 to donate £5* and help stop prostate cancer being a killer. For information about the badge and the charity’s work in football, visit prostatecanceruk.org/whostheman. Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Customer care: 0800 082 1616. Charity No. 1005541.
Support: Millwall kits show Prostate Cancer UK’s logo