‘Old hands’ all set for Prostate Cancer charity game on Sunday

A host of footballing greats will take to the Portstewart FC pitch this Sunday in a bid to raise money and awareness of Prostate Cancer.

Frankie Moffatt is behind the fundraiser, which will see a Coleraine legends side taking on a Portstewart legends team at Mullaghacall at 3pm this Sunday.

‘Basher’ was diagnosed with the disease himself seven years ago.

Through a series of events, the former Coleraine and Portstewart great hopes to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and to raise much needed funds for Prostate UK, who do vital research into the disease.

He told The Times: “Every year 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer of whom 10,000 die - yet most men are unaware of the disease, tests are unreliable, treatments can cause life changing side effects and research is badly under funded.”

Felix Healy is one of a host of Derry men who will make the trip to Seahaven for the charity tie.

Speaking to Times Sport this week, the former Coleraine player explained: ”It’s always good to get all the old hands back together again.

“One thing is for sure the craic will be good - the football might not, but there will be plenty of stories told.”

Healy added: “I think the last time we were all together was for Victor’s testimonial down at the Showgrounds.

“This game is for a great cause.

“When I got the call from Basher I said ‘yes’ straight away, he’s been through the mill, but he’s on the other side of it, and he’s keen to ensure that others get through it too.”

The Coleraine side is being managed by Victor Hunter and Ivan Murray whilst ‘Basher’ himself will step back into the dug out to take charge of Portstewart.

Names on the team sheet for Coleraine include Felix Healy, David Platt, Ronnie McDowell, Billy McCurdy, Paul Gaston, Tony Hutton, Ricky Wade, Michael Guy, Jonny Crossen, Peter Hutton, Alan ‘Bean’ Simpson, Rory Hamill, Stuart Clanachan, Anthony Gilmore and Trevor Porter.

Portstewart have Aaron Forgrave, Jonny Law, Alan Vauls, Toasty Shaw, David Moffatt, Richard Stanfield, Kenny Woodrow, Mark Elder, Gary Taylor, Kenny Nicholl, Sticky Steele, Billy McVicker, Shaun Magowan, Emmet Boyle, James Andrews, Ian Todd, Stephen McDowell and Mark Caughey on their list of players.

One thing’s for sure - there will be a few sore legs around on Sunday evening!

Admission to the game is £5 will all proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK.

Everyone is welcome to come along.