Leyton Orient, Dagenham & Redbridge and West Ham United fans cycle around London to help promote Prostate Cancer UK’s Football to Amsterdam 2017 fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 September 2016

Leyton Orient's badge outside Brisbane Road (pic: Play With A Legend).

Leyton Orient's badge outside Brisbane Road (pic: Play With A Legend).

Mathew Parri Thomas 2016

Walking Football sessions taking place at Score Centre in Oliver Road, Leyton for men and women over the age of 50

Last Friday (September 2) a group of football fans, including Leyton Orient, Dagenham & Redbridge and West Ham United supporters, cycled round London’s football elite to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.

Setting off from Hammers new London Stadium in Stratford first thing, the peloton visited 12 capital-based clubs in the Premier League and EFL as well as National League Daggers to promote Prostate Cancer UK’s Football to Amsterdam 2017 – the charity’s end of season football fundraiser with the EFL.

Pedalling around London, the group put football rivalries aside and were greeted by Buzz Bee at Griffin Park, home of Brentford, stopped for a coffee at Fulham’s Craven Cottage while the small Spurs contingent on the ride went behind enemy lines by touching the hallowed turf of the Emirates Stadium, home of fierce rivals Arsenal.

Queens Park Rangers Director of Football, and former Hammers striker in 2003, Les Ferdinand, a man whose family has been affected by prostate cancer, was on hand to welcome the riders to Loftus Road while the squad went behind the scenes at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.

Also on the ride were visits to South London quartet Millwall, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace and AFC Wimbledon while Tottenham Hotspur also provided a popular stopping point. White Hart Lane was in fact the penultimate stop before an east to east loop was completed at Leyton Orient.

The ride was the first in a series of events to promote Football to Amsterdam, a hugely popular cycle challenge, which has raised more than £1 million since 2013. The ride has grown year on year with 2017 set to be the biggest yet. Registrations will soon be live and more information can be found at

Andy Sallnow, Head of Sport Events at Prostate Cancer UK, was on the ride, and said: “We’re grateful to all of the riders who joined us, and the clubs who engaged and supported Prostate Cancer UK along the way.

“It was quite a feat to circumnavigate the capital for around 100 miles and we’d like to say a special thanks to all of the clubs, who went above and beyond to support the ride. It was a great day with some great people.

“Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it, and by pedalling all of those miles and visiting all of those football clubs, the riders have decided to join the fight against prostate cancer and raise awareness for the disease that affects 1 in 8 men in the UK.

“We hope to see them again in our Football to Amsterdam ride from June 9-11 next year – and would welcome fans from across the capital, and beyond, to join the biggest ride in football.”

Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. In 2016 one man an hour will die from prostate cancer in the UK. That’s 10,900 men this year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.

People are urged to search Men United and join the fight. For information about taking part in the 2017 ride go to or contact the cycling team by calling 020 8222 7158 or emailing

Men and women aged 50 and over are being encouraged to get healthy, keep fit and socialise with like-minded people at Orient’s Walking Football sessions.

There is no running allowed and the sport takes place at the Score Centre in Oliver Road – opposite the O’s West Stand.

Walking Football is non-contact, with no prior experience needed, you just turn up and play!

Sessions cost just £3 per session on Tuesdays from 6.30-7.30pm and Thursdays from 11am-12pm.

Over 65s, meanwhile, can play on Fridays from 11am-12pm. Call (020) 8556 5973, email or visit for details.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Latest East London Sports News

3 minutes ago

West Ham United attacker Michail Antonio has won the EA Sports Premier League Player of the Month award for July.


The London Lions have re-signed Great Britain point guard, Jules Dang-Akodo after one of his most promising season’s to date.


With grassroots football stepping up preparations for the 2020-21 season, why not celebrate with another sporting quiz.

Yesterday, 16:00

Defending champions Super Rangers saw off Anirban in a crunch match in Division One of the Victoria Park Community League.

Yesterday, 12:00

The transfer window is already hotting up with West Ham United reportedly interested in the likes of Matty Cash, Kyle Walker-Peters and Ebere Eze.

Yesterday, 10:00

Striker Charlee Hughes was dropped from Leyton Orient academy, gave up, but has found his way slowly back up the ladder – most recently being signed by National League side Wealdstone.

Yesterday, 07:19

Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie starred as 329 once again proved to be the magic number for Ireland, who claimed only a second win over England in their history after overcoming the world champions in a final-over thriller.

Tue, 17:28

Birthday boy Sam Cook and Adam Wheater rolled Essex over the winning line as the county champions edged a Bob Willis Trophy thriller over Kent by two wickets.


The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

People are being encouraged to enjoy summer safely by exploring destinations closer to home. Taking a holiday in the United Kingdom offers people the chance to uncover some stunning scenery, wonderful attractions and superb accommodation without having to jump on a plane. Here, we take a look at the type of places you can stay, the rules you need to follow and how to enjoy a great staycation.

Summer is here and people from across the South East region can enjoy the many attractions that we have on our doorstep, as long as we follow UK Government advice and enjoy summer safely. There are plenty of places to go and things to do to suit every budget. Here is our guide to the numerous great days out.

Most read sport

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser