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Arsenal legend Adams backs Football March for Men

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 June 2018

Former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams. Picture: Danny Loo

Former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams. Picture: Danny Loo

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Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has backed Prostate Cancer UK’s Football March for Men, which takes place on Sunday July 22.

The Football March for Men takes place on July 22 (pic: Prostate Cancer UK)The Football March for Men takes place on July 22 (pic: Prostate Cancer UK)

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is one of 15 grounds that will be visited in a four-route convergence event that ends at Wembley Stadium.

West Ham’s London Stadium will be the backdrop to the East London leg of the march, the route also visiting National League Leyton Orient before popping in on North London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Spurs fans will get a glimpse of the new-look White Hart Lane before the day ends at their current borrowed base, Wembley.

The Gunners are among 15 clubs in London and the South East involved on the day and Adams, whose biographer Ian Ridley is a man living with prostate cancer, said: “When I heard the statistic that one man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, I found that incredible. I went straight to my doctor to get more advice.

“You often take things for granted and you get on with your own life, and you don’t really understand it until maybe a family friend or someone around you has actually experienced it, and then it kind of hits home.

“I think Prostate Cancer UK do a fantastic job about getting the message out there. The way that they’ve gone into football and the way that the managers and big, important people in the game wear the badge is really respectful.”

As for the March, he said: “Ahead of my first final at Wembley I remember driving down Wembley way and seeing a sea of people. Thinking about 400 people from all those different football clubs walking that route will be really emotional.

“I would imagine many of them would have been affected by prostate cancer so it’s a really good thing.”

*Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with one man dying from it every 45 minutes. That number has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, making it the UK’s third biggest cancer killer.

Tony Adams was representing the League Manager’s Association (LMA) who are working with partners Prostate Cancer UK to promote awareness of the disease. For more information go to prostatecanceruk.org/footballmarch.

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