In the Pink

by Chris

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
 

These boots were made for walking

One area where non-league football often shines over its professional counterparts is in its fans and players’ devotion to do something daft for charity.
The latest craze appears to be in wearing bright pink shirts to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. Oldham Athletic (all right, they’re not non-league but they’re hardly Chelsea) recently donned neon pink shirts in aid of the worthy cause and even managed to hold rivals Leeds United to a one-all draw.

Rumour has it that on-loan Hull striker Dean Windass got into such a sulk when he didn’t get to wear one for the whole match that he demanded to be released back to the town that reportedly smells of death. Actually, it probably had more to do with only playing for one minute of that match, but still maybe he really wanted to wear that shirt.

Anyway, my beloved Slough Town are about to follow suit – on Saturday 11th April when Slough host Taunton in the British Gas Business League, the Rebels will play in pink shirts and shorts as a mark of respect for this campaign, with each individual player and member of the management team participating as part of the fund raising event.

Pink isn’t the most macho of colours (even the keeper has to wear a new kit – rumour has it it’s pink and grey hooped) so fair play to the lads for swallowing their testosterone and doing their bit for charity. I mean, can you imagine Stevie G swapping the Red of Anfield for pink?

What’s more, most of those shirts have been successfully sponsored for £100 a go by some die-hard Rebels fans. A bucket collection will also take place on the day. I’d love to hear from you readers if there are any similar collections taking place this spring.

Another popular fund raising event which occurs at the end of the football season is the end of season walk. Slough Town FC, along with many other clubs, use the last away game of the season to promote a charity walk, usually splitting the proceeds between the club and a local good cause. STFC is walking in aid of Age Concern this year – 39 miles to Didcot!

Perhaps the most outrageous and courageous of these walkers however, is Paul McGreal and his fiancé Jacqui Cox – two devoted Hendon fans who vowed to 500 miles to away games in order to raise funds and publicity for the club. Inspired by that godawful Proclaimers song, Paul and Jacqui hit the 300 mark on Boxing Day. As of March 10, the pair had clocked up 407.9miles. Best of luck in raising the much needed funds for your club you guys – If you’d like to show your support, you can sponsor them at 500milewalk.com

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