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McKellar: I am not a hero

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 June 2015

Errol McKellar at the charity match for Prostate Cancer UK at Brisbane Road (pic: LOFC).

Errol McKellar at the charity match for Prostate Cancer UK at Brisbane Road (pic: LOFC).

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Leyton Orient’s youth team coach discusses charity match for Prostate Cancer

Martin Ling, Errol McKellar and Barry Hearn are all smiles ahead of the charity match for Prostate Cancer UK (pic: Sarah Lines/Prostate Cancer UK).Martin Ling, Errol McKellar and Barry Hearn are all smiles ahead of the charity match for Prostate Cancer UK (pic: Sarah Lines/Prostate Cancer UK).

A humble Errol McKellar insisted he wasn’t a hero for arranging yesterday’s charity match for Prostate Cancer UK but everyone in attendance was after a hugely successful day at Brisbane Road.

The 2,900 fans that came to Leyton Orient’s stadium watched a seven-goal thriller between an O’s legends team consisting mainly of the 2005/06 promotion winning squad and a Men United team featuring former sportsmen and celebrities.

A double from Gary Alexander and another from Lee Steele put the legends team managed by Martin Ling 3-0 ahead at half time despite the goalkeeping heroics of Men United stopper Tommy Walsh.

Kevin Lisbie extended the legends advantage before Harry Redknapp and Russell Brand’s team made a comeback with Dagenham & Redbridge forward Jamie Cureton netting twice.

Leyton Orient youth coach Errol McKellar chats with former chairman Barry Hearn ahead of the charity match for Prostate Cancer UK (pic: Sarah Lines/Prostate Cancer UK).Leyton Orient youth coach Errol McKellar chats with former chairman Barry Hearn ahead of the charity match for Prostate Cancer UK (pic: Sarah Lines/Prostate Cancer UK).

Chris Clayton-Smith pulled another back for the Men United team but O’s team held out for the victory and the likes of McKellar, Ling and many others were able to grace the Brisbane Road pitch.

McKellar, who is a youth team coach at Orient, took time to thank everyone after the game and insisted the people who supported him are the heroes.

He said: “I asked people to come out and raise the awareness of Prostate Cancer and it shows the strength of these people.

“This is an illness that has affected me but through the help of everybody I have managed to get through it and save some lives at the same time and with everybody’s help we can continue to keep doing this.

“I am not the hero, these people inside this stadium are the heroes because they have come out and made a statement so credit to everyone in the building.

“This is about sharing the love and keeping these friendships alive. These people are responsible for getting this message out.”

McKellar was able to represent the O’s too and admitted he will cherish that memory for the rest of his life.

“I am not sure Orient will sign me for next season,” he joked. “I had one big moment where I did a diagonal pass and I will remember that moment for the rest of my days but I am just grateful to have been out there.”

All in all it was a tremendously successful day with the awareness of Prostate Cancer growing and money being raised for the charity.

It was also great for the Orient supporters to see the promotion winning squad together one more time and was a fantastic end to the 2014/15 season.


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