Fenland footballers get their kit off
Footballers gave their kit the red card when they stripped off for their very own cheeky charity calendar.
Members of Wisbech’s Macmillan Football Club bared all for the saucy date planner, which has nearly sold out of its first 100 copies.
Entitled ‘12 Shades of Blue’, the calendar pays homage to the Fifty Shades of Grey bestseller, and features the players with very little on.
The men can be seen in just their shorts and towels in the changing room, washing in the showers and naked on the pitch with just footballs to hide their modesty.
Club founder and manager Justin Cross, who graces the month of July with a naked photo of himself pushing a line marker across the pitch, said there were originally around 17 players who offered to take part.
But on the day of the photoshoot, only seven were brave enough to show up.
“Most of the lads bottled it,” joked Mr Cross. “We decided to carry on, we had to set an example after all!”
The calendar was organised by club player Jonathan Summers, aka ‘Macmillan heart throb 2016’ and the club is delighted at how well it has been received.
Due to popular demand, more copies of the calendar are now being printed. They cost £10 each and can be obtained through the Macmillan FC Facebook page or from Mr Cross on 07825 882269.
Players are also hoping to promote the calendar and the club itself when they appear in the audience of Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club show when it is filmed tomorrow.
The calendar is the latest fundraiser for the club, which Mr Cross launched in January last year after his father was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.
Last year the club raised £5,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, but this year it is on target to raise around £8,000.
The next fundraiser is a charity bingo night at Emneth Village Hall next Friday, November 6. The event, which raised more than £1,300 towards the club’s efforts last year, has been organised by club member Janine Neave and will also include a raffle and tombola.
Doors open at 6pm, ready for eyes down at 7pm.
Then, on Sunday, November 8, Macmillan FC will take on Leverington Veterans at Leverington Sports and Social Club.
Money raised on the day will be split between Macmillan and the veterans’ charity CLIC Sargent, which supports children with cancer.
The game will be followed by a raffle, with top prizes including a flight for two in a light aircraft and tickets for premier league, and league one and two football matches.
Everyone is welcome.