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Premier League star helps hit prostate cancer out of bounds

 

He’s scored more Premier League goals than any other player and represented club and country at some of the greatest stadiums in the world, but nothing sets the nerves jangling more for Alan Shearer than a round of golf.

The former England captain caught up with PGA charity partner Prostate Cancer UK at Close House Golf Club as part of a campaign to help beat a killer disease affecting so many in the golfing community. “One man dying every 45 minutes with prostate cancer is staggering,” he said

“People I know have been affected by it, but I didn’t realise the stat was that high. We all know our responsibilities and our role in football to send out key messages because we’re aware of how many people actually watch the game, both in the stadium and on TV. So, football is hugely important for us all to send a message, to wear the badge.

“One man dying every 45 minutes with prostate cancer is staggering…that’s why I wear the badge”

Shearer has joined a host of household names from the beautiful game such as Gary Neville, Sam Allardyce and Les Ferdinand to star in a League Managers Association backed film highlighting why they wear the iconic Prostate Cancer UK “man of men” badge.

And the former Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker acknowledges golf is a natural fit for Prostate Cancer UK’s work.

Alan Shearer plays a shot during the BMW PGA Championship Pro Am tournament at Wentworth in 2018. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images.

“It’s well known that there are so many footballers who love their golf, whether it’s watching, or whether it’s playing and so many footballers have friends in the professional game of golf as well. It’s a great match.”

Shearer’s love of golf started on the south coast as a teenager when he teed up alongside a legendary Saint. He recalled: “My first game of golf was when I was at Southampton as a young apprentice. A lot of my friends, like Matt Le Tissier, who got me into golf, started to go so I thought I’d give it a try. I got the bug then from it, as a 16-year-old.

“I still struggle to play it now. I think it’s a hugely frustrating sport but it’s a sport that I love. But I would much rather take a penalty in front of 80 or 90,000 in a World Cup final or an FA Cup final because I know what I’m doing. I’ve practised that for years and years and that’s my comfort zone. On a golf course, whether it’s a putt or whether it’s a drive, in front of 10 or 15,000 people at a Pro-Am, it’s far more nerve-wracking because I’m not quite sure where it’s going to go!”

Alan has joined the fight against prostate cancer to help beat a disease killing one man every 45 minutes in the UK – that’s the time it takes to play three holes of golf. If you want to help too visit prostatecanceruk.org/PGA2019 or call 020 3310 7041 (and 0114 218 4770 in Scotland).