JOHN LYONS on how foot­ball man­agers are do­ing their bit...

Late Tackle Football Magazine - - JOINING THE FIGHT -

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 prostate­can­­the­man. 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

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