Words: Will Almond
This Friday 26th April will be Football Shirt Friday. Football fans across the country will wear football shirts to raise money for The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK to help in the fight against bowel cancer.
World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore, the man in the middle of one of the most iconic football photos ever, sadly died of bowel cancer in 1993. His widow, Stephanie Moore MBE, set up the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK shortly afterwards and it has since raised £26m for research and awareness projects.
Former players who’ll be wearing their shirts include David Seaman (who has worn some shirts in his time) and Jordan Nobbs. Arsenal FanTV stalwart Troopz and his North London rival, Spurs YouTuber Expressions, will also be taking part.
Stephanie Moore is keen for everyone to get involved next Friday. “It doesn’t matter what team you support or how big a fan you are, what’s important is joining together to beat bowel cancer. We’ve come a long way since Bobby’s death in 1993—mortality rates have fallen by 30%. But cancer of the bowel is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, so we still have work to do.
“By taking part in Football Shirt Friday, you can contribute to life-saving research and ultimately help beat the disease that took Bobby too soon.”
David Seaman’s rallying cry was more succinct. “There’s one thing football fans can agree on: Bobby Moore is a legend... Do Bobby proud.”
So wear your shirt on Friday 26 April and do your bit. And get your phone out and donate £5 to the Bobby Moore Fund by texting FOOTBALL to 70200.
If you don’t own a football shirt but would still like to get involved head over to footballshirtfriday.org.