Football Shirt Friday Aims To Raise Cancer Awareness

The Bobby Moore Fund has teamed up with Cancer Research UK once again for Football Shirt Friday, an initiative that encourages people across Britain to go to work in a football shirt.

The idea is to create awareness and raise money for charities, including bowel cancer, which former England World Cup-winning captain, Bobby Moore, died from aged 51 in 1993.

Tributes to Bobby Moore on the gates of West Ham’s old Boleyn Ground. Photo: G Travels (Flickr)

This years campaign has big names such as former England goalkeeper David Seaman and comedian Tom Davis encouraging the wearing of football shirts, with the more garish the better being shared on social media.

Bobby Moore was part of the triumphant 1966 World Cup squad that saw England become World Champions and is regarded highly as a fine footballer and gentleman, his statue was positioned outside the rebuilt Wembley Stadium when it opened in 2007.


Bobby Moore Factfile:

Born in 1942 in Barking, Essex

Signed for West Ham United as a teenager, coming through the ranks to captain the side.

Was the captain of England during the 1966 and 1970 World Cup finals.

Played a then-record 108 times for his country.

Was diagnosed with bowel cancer in April 1991.

Moore died less than two years later, leaving a lasting legacy behind.


Since the fund was set up in his name, it has raised over £23.5 million for research and organizes the Football Shirt Friday event every year. It is an event that has spread nationwide with participants as far and wide as Norwich City FC, the Gibraltar FA and employees up and down the country donning their football apparel this Friday.

#FootballShirtFriday has been trending on the internet. Here’s how people have been getting into the spirit: