It’s unbelievable Jeff! Soccer Saturday legend Jeff Stelling heads to York City

‘Now where is Bettys again…?’ Jeff Stelling plans his route to York
18 Jan 2016 @ 7.28 pm
| Charity, Sport

Sky Sports star Jeff Stelling is swapping the warmth of the studio for the bracing air of Bootham Crescent later this season.

The Soccer Saturday presenter will arrive in York on March 22. And he might have a famous friend or two with him too.

It is not the audacious brand of football played by York City FC that has tempted him here – although that’s reason enough.

Instead his journey is all in aid of a good cause.

Always a fan of a statistic, Jeff knows one number only too well: the fact that 10,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year. That’s one man every hour.

“I deal in statistics – but the ones we are dealing with here are shocking,” said Jeff. “One man dies every hour from this disease, that’s six in the course of Soccer Saturday every week.

“One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and for black men the odds are even worse at one in four.”

He added:

Prostate cancer is not discerning. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys; it’s the good guys as well.

I’ve got friends such as Sky Sports rugby league colleagues Bill Arthur and Eddie Hemmings who I have known longer than I care to remember.

Both are great guys who have been affected by prostate cancer.

Ten marathons in ten days

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You can support Jeff, and find out more about his challenge, here

So, the 60-year-old presenter has teamed up with leading men’s health organisation Prostate Cancer UK to walk ten fundraising marathons in ten days, travelling from his boyhood club Hartlepool United to Wembley between March 21-30.

The second leg of his 250-mile Men United March will see him striding out from York City’s Bootham Crescent ground on March 22, accompanied by famous friends, colleagues and people affected by prostate cancer, on his way to Elland Road, home of Leeds United.

The former Countdown presenter explained why he’s signed up for such a gruelling challenge.

I wanted to do something where people could see I was feeling the pain on behalf of a fantastic cause.

Prostate Cancer UK believes it will find the answers in the next ten years to make this disease something men and their loved ones no longer fear. But do to this we need to raise vital funds.

He’ll stop off at premier league clubs like Aston Villa, Leicester City and Chelsea as well as lower division and non-league sides before an emotional finale along Wembley Way on March 30.

Jeff is a big fan of what York City is doing to raise awareness of the cause.

This season the club has renamed the away terrace the Prostate Cancer UK Stand, which Jeff hailed “a great idea“.