Hatters hero Mick Harford is leading a team to take on his most formidable opponent of all, prostate cancer.
The former England striker and Luton Town hero on and off the pitch, Mick was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2020, a disease that kills 1 man every 45 minutes.
That’s why Mick is uniting football fans to join Prostate FC, and raise awareness of the risk factors, fund research and save lives in every club across the UK.
He’s shared his story in a new film featuring Luton Town fan and Head Matchday Hospitality Host, Les Turton, also diagnosed with prostate cancer – to get more fans involved in a great new initiative to help beat prostate cancer.
The duo also appeared on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, hosted by long-term Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Jeff Stelling, on February 25th to help the charity kick-off the new campaign.
From managers wearing the iconic ‘Man of Men’ badge on touchlines, broadcasting legends marching across the UK, Prostate FC is a like-minded community for football content, events, and fundraising and volunteering opportunities via a charity who have been saving lives in their work in the beautiful game for more than a decade.
Harford has been joined in a star-studded squad by legendary Sky Sports Soccer Saturday presenter, Jeff Stelling former England stars Les Ferdinand and Chris Powell, social media trailblazer Robbie Lyle, plus the family of Ray Clemence, who passed away from prostate cancer in 2020.
Currently Chief Recruitment Officer at Luton Town, the 64-year-old is a bona fide club legend and has taken a positive approach to overcoming one of his most difficult tests yet.
He said: “You go through a lot in your life – operations, stress, whatever you want to call it. I’ve had operations year after year, month after month. But when someone tells you you’ve got cancer, it’s a real body blow and it’s a tough one to take. But we fight on.
“The reason why we went public… I say we because it wasn’t just my decision, it was a decision by Luton Town Football Club – myself, Gary Sweet, the CEO, and [former manager] Nathan Jones – because I was going to have to take time off work and then people would ask questions.
“And not only that, I thought it would be a good idea to get the word out there, and if I could help as many people as I could. If I could only help one person, I think that would have been a real plus and a real positive.”
As Prostate FC launches, Luton and the charity continue a long-term connection having renamed their Kenilworth Road ground the Prostate Cancer UK Stadium for one game in March 2015 and welcomed Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling during one of his marathon Match for Men walking events.