TOP MAN RAY’S SET TO FEEL THE PAIN

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AM I wor­ried that peo­ple are avoid­ing my phone calls? Not at all – they al­ways do!

Since an­nounc­ing this year’s March for Men, 15 marathons in 15 days, I’ve been men­tion­ing it to a lot of peo­ple to see if they fancy join­ing me on the open road.

This year, we’re walk­ing from St James Park in Ex­eter to St James’ Park, New­cas­tle, with a lot of stops at Foot­ball League and Non-League clubs along the way.

Ray Wilkins is ever will­ing to sup­port a good cause. He did the open­ing two days last year – he couldn’t walk for ten days af­ter, mind. He suf­fered.

But he’s happy to give it a go for a cou­ple of stages this time. When an ex-Eng­land cap­tain sup­ports you, it’s a good start.

I’m work­ing on a new quiz show for ITV, Al­pha­bet­i­cal, so I’ve man­aged to rope in the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and pro­ducer. But most of the celebri­ties will come from the world of foot­ball. They’ve got no ex­cuse this year be­cause the foot­ball sea­son is over.

A lot of the boys are mak­ing spe­cial ef­forts to come back from their hol­i­days to take part at some stage.

We’ve also got a Q&A in Lon­don on May 8 called Jeff

Meets. David Gower, Will Green­wood, Paul Mer­son and a lot of the Soc­cer Satur­day boys will be there.

It will help raise aware­ness of the walk and, hope­fully, a size­able chunk of money. It will be a very re­laxed even­ing.

The idea is ev­ery­one gets to lis­ten to some out­stand­ing Bri­tish sports­men from the last cou­ple of decades.

Hear­ing David Gower will be great and Will Green­wood is a master at af­ter-din­ner speak­ing. He’s bril­liantly en­ter­tain­ing, as is Merse, one of the best in the busi­ness. Peo­ple who come along are in for a treat. Jeff Stelling will be lac­ing up his walk­ing boots once more in an­other un­be­liev­able chal­lenge for Prostate Can­cer UK, aim­ing to raise £500,000 on his March for Men. That’s 15 walk­ing marathons in 15 days from June2-16, from Ex­eter City to New­cas­tle United – St James Park to St James’ Park. De­tails at prostate­can­ceruk.org/jeff­s­march. To book your place at Jeff Meets or find out more go to prostate­can­ceruk.org/jeffmeets or call 020 3310 7139.

FOOT LOOSE: Ray Wilkins will join Jeff Stelling

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