Cycling with footy legend

Matthew Cowdrey
Matthew Cowdrey

A footy fanatic and father-of-two is gearing up for a fund raising cycle from Wembley to Amsterdam with a football ‘legend’.

Matthew Cowdrey, 39, of Furnace Green, will take on the 155-mile challenge for Prostate Cancer UK .

The semi-pro athlete will join a team of a around 30 including former England, Watford and AC Milan striker, Luther Blissett.

Kicking off on Friday June 14, they will cycle from London to the coast, catch a ferry to Holland, and cycling through Dutch Zeeland.

Prostate Cancer UK is the football league’s official charity partner and it is a cause close to Matthew’s heart.

Matthew explained that he has witnessed his two great uncles suffer from prostate cancer.

He said: “The terrible thing with it is when you get it later in life, you just live with it. There aren’t any non-aggressive treatments for it at the moment.

“When my great uncle had it when I was young I was genuinely confused about why they don’t do anything with it.

“In the end, even if that’s not the soul source of your demise it plays a significant part of it.”

Matthew, an insurance consultant, said he enjoyed 100 mile cycles every Sunday and has represented Great Britain at one World and two European Championships.

He is also a Crawley Town FC Season ticket holder with his sons, eight-year-old Ethan and Oliver, five.

He is now looking forward to mixing his two passions together and putting his bike training into action with a big football star.

He said: “Luther Blissett is a legend. He was the first black player to score a hat trick for England. I’m very much looking forward to meeting him.

“I’m really looking forward to talking to him when we ride or over a beer when we have a stop on the ferry.

“The idea of two days of uninterrupted cycling is really exciting and I can’t wait to get started.”

Matthew has aimed to raise at least £2,000 to help research treatments for prostate cancer.

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