Prostate FC

Prostate FC


Last week I wrote about the amazing project of Mark Crowther cycling to 116 football grounds around the UK. One of the charities he is supporting is Prostate Cancer UK. By amazing coincidence today I got a really interesting email from the organisation inviting me to join Prostate FC. Obviously, I read the email in depth and I am delighted to announce the launch of Prostate FC.

Former England striker and Luton Town hero Mick Harford launches Prostate FC, will you join him?

One man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes. That’s a man from each team, every single match. 

That’s why Mick, together with Soccer Saturday’s Jeff Stelling and a star-studded squad, are launching Prostate FC, the new home of football at Prostate Cancer UK. We’re bringing fans and legends together to take on one of the most formidable opponents of all.

Mick was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020, and has been overwhelmed by the support he received from fans everywhere. He shared his story on Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling at the weekend to launch Prostate Cancer FC.

Watch Mick’s story

With a career as a player, manager and coach spanning 13 football clubs, and nearly 600 professional appearances, the 64-year-old Harford has dealt with everything the game has to offer. Facing prostate cancer was not in his playbook, but with the support of Luton Town, where he’s currently Chief Recruitment Officer and a bona fide club legend, Mick has taken a positive approach to a difficult test.

Now Mick wants to unite football fans to join Prostate FC – to raise awareness of the risk factors, fund research and save lives in every club across the UK.

Harford joins a star-studded Prostate FC squad including legendary Sky Sports Soccer Saturday presenter, Jeff Stelling, former England stars Les Ferdinand and Chris Powell, social media trailblazer Robbie Lyle, plus the family of Ray Clemence, who passed away in 2020 from the disease.

Thousands of Prostate Cancer UK football fans have already signed up to connect with other supporters, get inspiring stories and the tactics to take on prostate cancer through their love of the game – from the pitch, the sofa and the stands.

Mick and Jeff appeared on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday on 25 February 2023 to kick off Prostate FC

What is Prostate FC?

The home of football at Prostate Cancer UK, Prostate FC. It’s a like-minded community to share football stories and get inspired with football-focused fundraising and volunteering opportunities. Fellow fans can connect and collaborate within their clubs and the Prostate FC Facebook group, sharing their passion for the game in a way that transcends club rivalries and ultimately saves lives.

Jeff Stelling, who’s walked 33 marathons for Prostate Cancer UK since 2016 and raised around £1.4m, said: “I’m delighted to sign for the biggest team in football, Prostate FC, Prostate Cancer UK’s supersized squad of clubs, fans, managers and football personalities working together across the football industry to help beat the most common cancer in men

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Initially stunned by his diagnosis, Mick decided to share his story in the hopes it would inspire others and save lives.

“When I was watching the football I looked at the crowd and I thought ‘I wonder how many of those fellas have got prostate cancer’? And if I can help just one, we’ve done the business.”

That’s certainly how Luton Town super fan Les Turton felt once he was diagnosed with prostate cancer – Mick became the only person Les knew with the disease.

Mick Harford – Legend and Man

After Mick went public with news of his prostate cancer diagnosis, Luton Town rallied to support him, and the club chose Prostate Cancer UK as the official shirt sponsor for the club’s Championship clash with Cardiff City on Saturday 27 November 2021.

And 61 Luton Town staff members, including first team manager Nathan Jones, took part in a running and cycling challenge, raising £28,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

“Last season when I was away the fans at every game, both home and away, sang my name,” Mick said. “It was so humbling, and I was so grateful for it. I can’t thank them enough for the support they’ve given me for having prostate cancer.”

Whether you’re a casual fan or a season ticket holder, part of a local club or the guy who organises the weekly five-a-side. You can stand with Mick, Jeff and thousands of other fans. Get stories that inspire and tactics to take on prostate cancer from the pitch, the sofa and the stands

JOIN PROSTATE FC

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