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Latics in battle against prostate cancer

26 September 2012

Win tickets on the road to Wembley

The VIP experience will include a pre-game, behind-the-scenes tour of Wembley stadium. There are 15 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the npower Football League Championship, npower Football League One and npower Football League Two Play-Offs.

gives supporters the chance of winning a pair of VIP tickets to the play-off finals in May whilst raising funds to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. The Road to Wembley. Ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace striker, Mark Bright, is also calling on fans to get behind the initiative

Former England striker Les Ferdinand is urging supporters to show their support for their team and raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK which Latics are also doing by carrying the charity's name on the back of the first-team's shirts in a ground-breaking move. 


Ferdinand, who now coaches at Spurs, was also a staunch supporter of Prostate Cancer UK’s campaign to get breakthrough drug abiraterone widely approved on the NHS.

He lost his grandfather to prostate cancer and is an ambassador of Prostate Cancer UK and its partnership with The Football League. He is committed to raising awareness of the disease, which African-Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop than white men of the same age.

Ferdinand made his debut for QPR in The Football League in 1987 before playing for Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers. He also won the League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur in 1999.

To enter the competition all fans need to do is send a text message with the name of their club. The competition is part of the charity’s partnership with The Football League for the 2012/2013 season.

He said: "Having lost my granddad to this disease, I am keen to add my voice to the movement fighting it. Men are getting more health conscious, but there is still plenty of room for more awareness about prostate cancer, which kills a staggering one man every hour.

"The more people who back their team, the more money will be raised to help Prostate Cancer UK support men with the disease, provide vital information and find answers by funding research into causes and treatments."

"I would urge every fan across the country to enter the competition to show their support for their team, for a chance of winning a VIP experience and to help raise funds to fight the most common cancer in men.

Football pundit Bright, added: "This is a really quick and easy way to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK whilst getting behind your team. At this time in the season there’s everything to play for, and with one in nine men being diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, ‘The Road to Wembley’ is one way fans can make a real difference."

we can do just that.” "There is an urgent need for Prostate Cancer UK to continue growing its support services to help men affected by the disease. The Road to Wembley competition is a simple way Latics' fans can raise vital funds to ensure

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: "Over 40,000 men, like Les’ granddad, are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. It’s the most common cancer in men and is estimated to be the most common cancer overall by 2030.


To take part in ‘The Road to Wembley’ simply text ‘FL followed by the name of your favourite Football League team’ to 82772. The cost of entry is £3 plus standard network charges. At least half of the £3 fee will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK.

Participants can only win if their team is one of the six Football League Clubs reaching the Football League Play Off Finals at Wembley stadium (ie two clubs from npower Championship, two from npower Division One, two from npower Division Two).

Visit for more information, and for terms and conditions for ‘The Road to Wembley’

@ProstateUK #roadtowembley


About The Football League’s partnership with Prostate Cancer UK:

The Football League’s partnership with Prostate Cancer UK will run throughout the 2012/2013 season to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst the fans, players and staff at the 72 Football League Clubs.

With 250,000 men – enough to fill Wembley Stadium three times over – living with disease in the UK, the partnership will help to increase awareness of the disease and help raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality of life.

Prostate Cancer UK, in partnership with the Football League, will be launching a range of fundraising and awareness activity across the season for football fans including:

        ·Opportunities to debate their club’s favourite number 9 (the number 9 being significant as 1 in 9 men develop prostate cancer) #bestno9s

        ·aise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect menFans, players and managers will be invited to get involved with Moustache Season in Movember (the month formerly know as November) to support The Movember Foundation in its work to r

        ·Prostate Cancer UK’s football ambassadors, including Mark Bright, will help raise awareness and funds across the season

        ·A dedicated week of support in March to coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, where we will have a presence at as many grounds in The Football League as possible

Visit for more information



About Prostate Cancer UK:


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Every year in the UK over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.  One man dies die very hour from prostate cancer. 250,000 UK men are currently living with the disease. 1 in 9 men will get prostate cancer in the UK.African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men.


If you have any queries about prostate cancer, call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383. The helpline, which is staffed by specialist nurses, is open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday and from 7 - 9pm on Wednesdays. Alternatively please visit




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