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Over 300 Footballers Sign Up To Boot The Virus

30 April 2020

Club News

Over 300 Footballers Sign Up To Boot The Virus

30 April 2020

Over 300 professional footballers from across the EFL and Premier League have signed up to donate a pair of signed boots to the Boot The Virus campaign!

North End captain Tom Clarke helped to kick-off the campaign which was launched by lifelong North End fan Kenny Marland and his partner Joanne, who travel home and away supporting the Lilywhites.

Kenny wanted to volunteer to help the NHS but is unable to do so as he is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment in his fourth battle against cancer, so he and his partner came up with an alternative way to help support the NHS and the fantastic work that they do.

All of the donated boots will be auctioned off with all funds going to NHS Charities, with the auction set to go live on Friday 1st May. You will need to create an account in order to place a bid, and you can do that now by heading to!

The whole Preston North End squad have signed up to support the campaign and you will be able to bid on their boots from Friday by clicking here.

Speaking on the final day of taking donations, Kenny said: "Today is the last day we are trying to get more players and teams on board with our campaign. Over the last two weeks since our launch we have had incredible support from players and clubs.

"We now have 60 clubs and over 300 players who are supporting our campaign and the EFL is also now backing us so we are hoping for a late flurry of additional players and clubs!

"At midnight tonight our online auction goes live with all auctions starting at £10. The starting price was dictated by a twitter poll we ran where we let fans decide. Thank you to everyone who has helped us so far, we really appreciate it and happy bidding!"

Any professional footballers or ex players looking to take part can contact Kenny and Joanne by direct messaging them via the social media accounts below, or by emailing

Any media organisations looking to run the story can also contact them via the same means, as they look to increase awareness as much as possible in order to raise as much as possible for NHS Charities.


Instagram: @bootthevirus

Twitter: @bootthevirus

Facebook: @bootthevirus


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