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Prostate Cancer UK: Simon Milton to be EFL Cup Final Guest of Honour

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Simon Milton is Guest of Honour at the EFL Cup Final

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11:35 26th February 2017

by EFL

Former Ipswich Town player Simon Milton is the Guest of Honour at Sunday’s EFL Cup Final, and he says it’s the most amazing invitation he has ever had.

“There are not many things in life that would see me missing the East Anglian derby either at Portman Road or Carrow Road,” said Milton.

“I cannot remember the last one I missed home or away as the passion and atmosphere at either stadium is what football is all about.

“As a player I have had success and failure in local derbies, from scoring the winner to giving a penalty away but I always relished the challenge of the game.
 
“But last week I received an offer that was too good to turn down.
 
“To be invited by Prostate Cancer UK to be the Guest of Honour at the EFL Cup Final is without doubt the most amazing invitation I have ever had.
 
“The chance to represent Ipswich Town and my team of cyclists at the showpiece occasion at Wembley is a brilliant honour and I am truly grateful to Prostate Cancer UK for this amazing opportunity.
 
“Rest assured, I will of course be getting to Wembley very early to watch the derby on Sky before heading to the stadium.
 
“My first involvement with Prostate Cancer UK came in 2014 when I took a team of 18 cyclists from Ipswich Town – TEAMITFC - to join what was then the London to Amsterdam cycling challenge.
 
“I was so impressed with the whole event and the way it was organised and delivered I have now attended every ride since. In 2015 I led a team of 67 TEAMITFC cyclists to Amsterdam. 
 
“In 2016 we had 40 riders taking part as the expanded Football to Amsterdam started from three venues, London, Barnsley and Portman Road.
 
“Our squad joined the London leg at lunch, and also included an extra day where we visited the home of AZ Alkmaar as a celebration of Ipswich Town winning the UEFA Cup 35 years earlier in 1981.
 
“This year in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK we have over 100 cyclists taking part in a two-day tour of Suffolk and we also have a team of 10 joining the Football to Amsterdam event in June including, for a third successive year, club legend Terry Butcher.
 
“In the last three years we have managed to raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and the Friends of Ipswich Town charity, which is an unbelievable amount of revenue from the cyclists and everyone who has sponsored them.
 
“The team at Prostate Cancer UK have always been there for help and support, even when I come up with crazy ideas to get more cyclists to join the team and make sure that everyone who attends has an amazing time.
 
“Ipswich Town FC and the staff have also been brilliant by helping to promote and deliver whatever is needed for the team and we have had over 20 members of staff and ex players joining in over the last three years.

“I visited the University Hospital in Norwich with John Reader and Ady Smith from the cycling team and saw first hand how the revenue we have raised is being used in the fight against prostate cancer and it has made us more determined to carry on supporting the excellent work they are doing.
 
“As a player I have never graced the Wembley turf, and my favourite memory was Ipswich winning the Play-Off final under George Burley at the old ground in May 2000.
 
“I have been to the new Wembley on a few occasions but never in the Royal Box or anywhere near the pitch so Sunday will be a truly memorable day for me and my family.”
 
Find out more about Prostate Cancer UK’s Football to Amsterdam 2017 ride by visiting prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam.

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