Millwall travel to Loftus Road on Wednesday for an eagerly anticipated London derby against QPR - but the two clubs are putting rivalry aside ahead of the fixture as they link together in support for Prostate Cancer UK.
The charity, whose logo adorned Millwall's shirts in the 2013/14 season and with whom the club continue to work closely alongside for fundraising and awareness purposes, will have a presence around the ground with bucket collectors raising money. Fans will be able to show their support by donating, or by buying one of the charity's iconic 'Man of Men' pin badges, which have been a mainstay on the lapels of managers and pundits in recent seasons.
Lions boss Neil Harris, who continues to proudly wear his badge on matchdays, said: “Prostate Cancer UK has made real strides in football in recent years, and I’m delighted that Millwall will once again stand side by side with the charity in its fight against the most common cancer in men.
“We always look forward to our matches against QPR as there are local bragging rights at stake – but this season the fixture holds even more significance as both clubs are backing the tireless work of Prostate Cancer UK.
“While much of the focus tonight will be on matters on the pitch, it’s important for the two clubs to unite off it to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. It’s hard to believe, but over the course of the match two men will die from prostate cancer. That simply cannot continue.
“Prostate Cancer UK collectors will be out around the ground before the match, so I’m calling on all Millwall and QPR fans to dig deep and donate whatever you can. With your support, we can lead the fightback against prostate cancer.”
Steve Morison added: “Millwall flew the flag for Prostate Cancer UK by having the charity’s logo on our shirts for the 2013/14 season and I was proud to play a part then. Seeing the new stats about one man dying every 45 minutes is tough to see, so it’s fantastic to see our special relationship continue this season.
“As captain, I’m used to setting the right example on the pitch, and Prostate Cancer UK is certainly leading the way in helping to turn the game around for men affected by this disease and their families – but there’s still so much more work to be done.
“Prostate Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care where you’re from, or who you support – that’s why I’m urging football fans of all backgrounds to put their rivalries aside to help tackle this deadly disease."
Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer in the UK. Find about more about the disease, its symptoms, and the work the charity do by clicking here.