Poolies Green and Stelling set for Wembley return
Russ Green and Jeff Stelling will be back at Wembley this weekend '“ when the pair are Prostate Cancer UK's Guests of Honour for the play-off Finals.
Pools Chief Executive Green and Sky Sports presenter Stelling completed a gruelling ten-day charity challenge, in March, which saw them walk 262 miles from Hartlepool to
Wembley, for Prostate Cancer UK.
Now the charity have moved to reward the duo for their efforts during the successful Men United March – which to date has raised more than £377,000 – by inviting them to this weekend’s showpiece finals.
Green will be guest of honour at Monday’s League Two final between AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle, and will be on the pitch before kick-off to be introduced to the players.
Meanwhile, Stelling will be the charity’s Guest of Honour on Sunday when the League One play-off final sees Barnsley and Millwall lock horns at Wembley.
“I think it’s a massive honour for myself and the Football Club really,” Green said.
“It was totally unexpected; we didn’t do the walk for this, we did it to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer UK, but hopefully things like this can help us keep it in people’s minds.
“Whatever we went through during the walk, it was nothing compared to the suffering that people have gone through with prostate cancer and the stories we heard along the way were
“I was totally unaware before this to be honest, but now I really want to become more involved with the charity – we’ve already helped raise awareness but we want more people to
know about it.
“I think Hartlepool United has become synonymous with Prostate Cancer UK now because of the fact Jeff and I are Hartlepool people so we are really looking forward to working together
more going forward.
“We’ve already revealed plans for the Prostate Cancer UK Stand at Victoria Park but that’s only the start because we’ve got loads of ideas for the coming season which we think can
really help push the word out.
“For now, I’m just really looking forward to Monday’s game – and hopefully this time next year we’re looking forward to watching Pools play at Wembley!”
Prostate Cancer UK are the Official Charity Partner of The Football League with club, joining the fight against a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK.
With 330,000 men – enough to fill Victoria Park more than 42 times over - living with prostate cancer in the UK, the partnership will help to increase awareness of the disease and
help raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality of life.
Green is now looking forward to personally wishing former Pools star Peter Hartley luck when he sees him on the pitch on Monday – though it might be a bit of a shock for the
Plymouth Argyle defender.
“I’d kept it as a bit of a surprise for Peter to be honest,” he laughed.
“He phoned me last week to see if I could get any more tickets for him for the Final and then asked if I was going – I just told him I was thinking about it!”
Clocking in at 262 miles, Jeff’s Men United March – menunitedmarch.org – saw Stelling and Green check in on 32 football clubs, including newly-crowned Premier League champions
The money raised through will help fund vital research projects, including one developing a genetic test for aggressive prostate cancer, to help assess which men will respond best to a certain treatment.
Pools fans and a supporting cast of more than 400 from the epic Men United March are also able to walk down memory lane by watching the documentary ‘Stelling’s March to the Arch’.
The hour-long programme, showcases the popular presenter’s journey from The Vic, and captures the highs and lows during a life-changing week-and- a-half.
Sky viewers can watch via the On Demand, Sky Go and Catch-up services.