SI­MON’S KAISER CHIEFS SUR­PRISE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bad­cock

PRE­STON North End boss Si­mon Grayson shocked guests at a glitzy char­ity bash in aid of Prostate Can­cer UK – he’d roped in the Kaiser Chiefs!

Grayson spear­headed the ball in Leeds and man­aged to per­suade the fa­mous band to turn up and per­form their big hits.

Held at Queens Ho­tel in Leeds, the even­ing raised £42,000 to­wards the men’s health char­ity that is close to his heart fol­low­ing the death of close friend Steve Gar­bett.

The North End boss is once again tak­ing part in the an­nual Foot­ball to Am­s­ter­dam bike ride as part of ‘Team Garby’ along­side Steve’s son Dave.

Grayson will join hun­dreds of other rid­ers from across the coun­try in the 145-mile char­ity cy­cle.

And ‘Team Garby’ have al­ready smashed a three-year tar­get to raise £100,000, with funds from the ball tak­ing the to­tal to £115,000.

Leeds boss Garry Monk and pun­dit Mark Lawren­son also at­tended the party that was hosted by ex-Leeds mid­fielder John Stiles, whose World Cup-win­ning dad Nobby Stiles was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer four years ago.

Grayson said: “I am de­lighted to sup­port Prostate Can­cer UK, a char­ity which is very close to my heart, and I’m look­ing for­ward to join­ing the ride for a sec­ond time in hon­our of my late friend Steve Gar­bett.

“Garby was a re­ally close pal, who fol­lowed my ca­reer as a player and lat­terly as a man­ager and was al­ways there to of­fer me sup­port and ad­vice. In the last cou­ple of years we’ve wanted to keep his mem­ory alive and the ball on Satur­day night was a bril­liant demon­stra­tion of this.

“Garby loved the Kaiser Chiefs so to have them show up on the night and sur­prise all of the guests was a per­fect way to cel­e­brate his life with fam­ily and friends.”

Cel­e­brate

Kaiser Chiefs front man Ricky Wil­son said: “We want to say good luck to Si­mon Grayson, Team Garby, who’ve done a great job so far, and all the Foot­ball to Am­s­ter­dam rid­ers us­ing their pedal-power to get to Am­s­ter­dam.”

You can spon­sor Team Garby at www.just­giv­ing .com/com­pa­nyteams/steve garbo and it’s not too late to join Si­mon Grayson, Terry Butcher, Les Fer­di­nand and Viv Anderson in Prostate Can­cer UK's Foot­ball to Am­s­ter­dam bike ride from June 9-11 2017.

For in­for­ma­tion go to prostate­can­ceruk.org/ am­s­ter­dam and to find out about the char­ity’s new March for Men walk­ing pro­gramme, which in­cludes events in Lon­don, Leeds and Glas­gow, visit march­for­men.org

SPE­CIAL NIGHT: The Kaiser Chiefs take the floor and, in­set, Pre­ston man­ager Si­mon Grayson

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