Football fans nationwide were encouraged to get involved in Football Shirt Friday on April 17th 2015.
The fundraising event is set up by The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. The charity's aim is to raise awareness of bowel cancer as well as funding research that could one day beat the disease altogether.
The fund was created in partnership with Cancer Research UK in memory of footballing legend Bobby Moore, World Cup winner in 1966. The charity was set up by Bobby’s wife, Stephanie Moore MBE after he died at the age of 51 from bowel cancer.
The concept of Football Shirt Friday is inspired by the iconic image that is now world famous showing Bobby Moore and Brazilian football star Pele. It captures the moment that Moore and Pele swapped their team shirts at the World Cup in 1970. It is meant as a mark of respect between opposing players and is now replicated by footballers worldwide. 2015 is the third year of Football Shirt Friday and is always held in April as it is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
The event has many well-known supporters including celebrities and football players. 2015’s famous faces included Clare Balding, Bianca Westwood and Rob Lee who has previously played for Charlton Athletic and Newcastle United. Ian Wright, former Arsenal striker, is also a dedicated supporter of The Bobby Moore Fund.
The hashtag #FootballShirtFriday was trending on both Twitter and Facebook during the day, with the charity also encouraging supporters to tag their team with dedicated hashtags including #FSFEverton and #FSFLiverpool to see who had the most fans representing.
Here in the Adderstone Group offices there was definitely a favourite team with the majority of staff opting to wear the black and white stripes of Newcastle United!
Our photo was even added to The Bobby Moore Fund's collage of Football Shirt Friday pictures from around the country!