The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Joshua Peck

CRIT­I­CISM is of­ten re­served for foot­ballers for their an­tics on and off the pitch, but Peter Vin­centi is buck­ing that trend.

In a week when the Pride of Bri­tain awards were handed out, the Rochdale midfielder proved there is still pride in the beau­ti­ful game by be­com­ing the first re­cip­i­ent of the Sky Bet Football League’s Un­sung Hero of the Month.


The 29-year-old, pic­tured right, was play­ing for Alder­shot when a re­quest for a signed shirt and ball came to him from Le­ices­ter City fans Julie and Neil Brad­ford.

Their late son, Ben Ed­kins, was just 25 when he suc­cumbed to an ag­gres­sive form of mus­cle can­cer.

For­mer Steve­nage and Mill­wall man Vin­centi duly obliged, per­son­ally send­ing off the items, lead­ing to him be­com­ing a pa­tron of Edgar’s Gift, the char­ity set up in Ben’s mem­ory.

It pro­vides unique ex­pe­ri­ences or gifts to young adults aged 18-30 who are suf­fer­ing from can­cer. Vin­centi, who has a de­gree in busi­ness man­age­ment, has also do­nated tick­ets to watch Eng­land at Wem­b­ley, to be used as a gift for one young can­cer suf­ferer.

The midfielder said: “They do all sorts for young adults suf­fer­ing from can­cer – spe­cial days out and lux­ury gifts, such as an iPad or a Play Sta­tion, for those go­ing through it. They raise money where they can. They did a cy­cle to all 92 Premier and Football League grounds a cou­ple of years ago.

“They are the ones who do so much. It wasn’t any bother for me to send them a signed shirt when I was at Alder­shot, but then we got in touch with each other and it went from there.

“I sent them some more signed shirts, then a few Rochdale shirts when I moved here. And, when­ever we’ve played against big­ger teams in pre-sea­son or cup games, I’ll al­ways try to get op­po­si­tion shirts.

“The kit man here, Jack Northover, gives me grief be­cause I’m al­ways ask­ing him to get me signed shirts from the op­pos­ing kit man to send to them! “Foot­ballers are in the spotlight a lot – maybe not League One foot­ballers so much – and more of­ten than not it’s for bad rea­sons. It’s bril­liant what Edgar’s Gift do and they are the ones who do so much. I just like to help who I can where I can.”

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