Help us to stop bowel cancer

Know the Score

This April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and players, managers and personalities from the world of professional football will be showing their support for the eighth annual Know the Score campaign. Know the Score sees clubs, charities and governing bodies, including the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and League Managers Association (LMA), unite to raise awareness of bowel cancer signs and symptoms.

The main aim is to end the perception that bowel cancer only affects older people - in fact it affects men and women of any age and the key to successful treatment is early diagnosis. The campaign is the brainchild of former Millwall, Charlton and QPR goalkeeper Nicky Johns, whose son Stephen died of bowel cancer at the age of 26.

As well as the PFA and LMA, it is being supported by Bowel Cancer UK, Beating Bowel Cancer, the Men’s Health Forum, The Bobby Moore Fund, the Adam Stansfield Foundation and the Mr Brightside Project (set up by Nicky in 2011). The 2018 campaign also marks eight years since the popular former Exeter, Yeovil and Hereford striker Adam Stansfield died from bowel cancer at the age of 31. 

Support for the campaign has come from the likes of Alan Pardew, Andros Townsend, Troy Deeney, Jack Wilshere, James Milner, Les Ferdinand, Faye White, Martin Peters, Rachel Yankey, Karen Bardsley and Lianne Sanderson, along with managers such as Jose Mourinho, Sam Allardyce, Roberto Martinez and Mick McCarthy wearing the Star of Hope badge.

We need volunteers to help us give out pin badges outside the grounds of a number of football matches in March and April, to help spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.


  • Saturday 31 March

    We need two volunteers to arrive by 2.30pm and finish by 5.30 pm.

Venue: Everton Football Club, Goodison Park, Goodison Road, Liverpool, L4 4EL


  • Saturday 7 April

    We need two volunteers to arrive by 1.00pm and finish by 3pm.

Venue: Brighton and Hove Albion FC, American Express Comm Stadium, Village Way, Brighton, BNI 9BL


  • Saturday 14 April

We need two volunteers to arrive by 1pm and finish by 3pm.

Venue: Middlesbrough FC, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, TS3 6RS

If you or any friends or family would like to volunteer at any of these events, please contact and include ‘Know the Score’ in the subject line.

Know The Score 2018 Ambassadors:

Ossie Ardiles

Tom Heaton

Lucy Bronze

Tony Pulis

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