Over the last few years, football has lost several players to melanoma. In 2008 melanoma took Tommy Burns, Celtic’s coach; Ernie Cooksey, a young footballer who had played at Oldham Athletic during his career.
Since that time, there have been reports of a number of other players who have been diagnosed with melanoma: Paul Merson, Vinnie Jones, Jordan Moore, each has had a personal battle with melanoma.
On November 23rd 2016, melanoma claimed the life of one of football’s much loved players, Paul Futcher. Paul, who made 763 senior career appearances battled cancer after innovative treatments in melanoma failed to combat the disease.
Former club Grimsby Town described Futcher as “one of the greatest footballers ever to have graced Blundell Park”.
Melanoma UK, the PFA and Futcher’s family have been working very closely together on a project that will give youngsters in football a real insight into skin safety and in the coming months, several clubs will be visited and starting with the young academy players, skin checks will be carried out on players.
To be known as the ‘Paul Futcher Fund’ it is envisaged that this will eventually be rolled out throughout the UK.
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