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Vinnie and Gazza get hands on for male cancer charity

06 January 2010

Football fans across the country have a chance to win an autographed print of one of the most iconic and infamous images of English football, when it goes live on auction site eBay on Monday 11th January, for 10 days.

The notorious photograph, featuring former Wimbledon hard man and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Vinnie Jones manhandling England legend Paul Gascoigne’s privates, has been autographed by both players and donated to the Everyman campaign which aims to raise awareness of, and funds towards, research into testicular and prostate cancer.

To have a chance of winning this sought after piece of footballing paraphernalia, generous participants can log on to Everyman’s eBay account at the following link and start their bidding;


‘This is an exclusive opportunity for fans to own a classic image of two of footballs most colourful characters whilst raising money for an extremely important cause,’ commented Everyman spokesman Jon Street. ‘We can’t thank Vinnie and Gazza enough for autographing the picture and supporting the campaign.’

The image was donated by the Goals Soccer Centres’ Teesside branch following their recent participation in the Keep Your Eye the Ball Charity Cup; a nationwide 5-a-side tournament hosted by Goals Soccer Centre branches to raise money for the Everyman male cancer campaign.

Goals Soccer Centres Rick Leask commented: ‘It’s great to be able to support Everyman in this way and we urge footy lovers to do the same by getting involved with the auction on eBay. We hope to follow on from the success of the 5-a-side tournament by raising as much money as possible for a very worthy cause.’


Media contact: Jon Street 020 7153 5542 or email: Jonathan.street@icr.ac.uk.

Notes to Editor

Everyman is the UK’s leading male cancer campaign which raises awareness of, and funds research into testicular and prostate cancer. Everyman funds research at The Everyman Centre – Europe’s first and only centre dedicated to male cancer research. Everyman is dedicated to improving the survival rate of men with testicular cancer by raising awareness about the early symptoms. Its scientists have also led groundbreaking research into new treatments for prostate cancer. The Everyman Centre is run by Europe’s leading cancer organisation, The Institute of Cancer Research. The ICR is marking its centenary in 2009, celebrating 100 years of world leading research into cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. For more information visit www.everyman-campaign.org.

Keep Your Eye On The Ball was set-up by The FA, PFA and Everyman in 2000 in response to several high profile players being diagnosed with testicular cancer. The aim is to raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer within the football community and raise funds for research at The Everyman Centre - Europe's first and only centre dedicated to male cancer research and part of The Institute of Cancer Research. Everyman is the UK’s leading male cancer campaign.

Notes to Editor:

• Prostate cancer has overtaken lung cancer to become the most common cancer in men, affecting more than 34,000 men every year in the UK. One man dies of prostate cancer in the UK every hour, a total of about 10,000 men a year.
• Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged between 15 and 44, with about 2,000 cases a year in the UK. Incidence is increasing dramatically - by almost four-fold in the last 50 years. But thanks to advances made at Everyman, testicular cancer is 99 per cent curable if caught early, and with treatment the overall cure rate is 97 per cent.

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