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O's Trio Turn Out For Charity

3 April 2014

O's Academy Director Andy Edwards, Academy Manager Richard Thomas and Youth Coach Errol McKellar all appeared for a Prostate Cancer XI on Wednesday

The trio represented the Men United All Stars against the UK Parliamentary Football Club as the MPs staged an incredible comeback to convert a 4-0 deficit into a dramatic 6-5 win at the Den.

Thomas notched the opener for the All Stars with a stunning strike from distance but McKellar was the star of the show as he pulled on a kit for the first time since overcoming prostate cancer and was named man of the match afterwards. 
 
Presenting him with the award was the honorary manager for the MPs, the former FA Cup winning supremo Lawrie McMeneny, who mastermind a remarkable turnaround for the team decked in green and red, aided on the touchline by former Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe. 

The Men United side boasted the likes of former Millwall strike Neil Harris and former England international Luther Blissett.
 
“It was a bit worrying to see some of the players in my side shaking hands and introducing themselves 15 minutes into the game,” quipped McMeneny afterwards.
 
“But the morning has certainly helped raise my awareness. I now know that one in eight men are affected by prostate cancer and met three today. So it was great to see everyone pulling together on the day.”

Andy Edwards was equally delighted to be a part of the day: "It was all good fun and for a great cause so we were only too happy to come down and support Errol and Prostate Cancer UK. The charity does some fantastic work and when you hear the statistics it really hits home about how it is something that we all need to be aware of."

If you want to support Prostate Cancer UK then Neil Taylor the Chief Executive of the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme is leading a team of cyclists to Amsterdam to raise money in June and you can donate to them here
 
We spoke to Errol after he picked up his man of the match trophy and he had the following message for Orient supporters:









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