Preston North End boss gears up for his own charity challenge

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As North End gear up to meet Manchester United at Deepdale tonight, Preston boss, Simon Grayson, has his own gears to worry about.

The manager is set to honour his late best friend, Stephen ‘Garby’ Garbett, by cycling from London to Amsterdam in aid of Prostate Cancer UK as part of the charity’s third annual event in June.

ON HIS BIKE: Preston boss Simon Grayson with Dave Garbett

ON HIS BIKE: Preston boss Simon Grayson with Dave Garbett

Speaking at the press event at Deepdale before the FA cup clash, Simon, who regularly sports the iconic Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge on the sidelines on match days, said he was “delighted” to be supporting the charity.

He said: “Steve was a really close friend, who followed my career closely as a player and latterly as a manager and was always there to offer me support and advice.

“He was there for the good and the bad and I wanted to do something that gave something back and raised awareness for Prostate Cancer UK’s efforts.

“I felt that this was a great way to hopefully raise money, by going through the pain barrier with this bike ride.”

Stephen died last September after losing a 10-year battle against prostate cancer.

His son Dave and a host of family friends and backroom staff from Preston will also join Simon on the ride which starts at Leyton Orient and concludes a day later at Amsterdam ArenA, home of Ajax Amsterdam.

Dave added: “Simon has been a great friend to dad over the years, and is continuing to do so by looking out for my mum - calling round for a coffee or taking her out for a bite to eat.

“I take my mum to games as much as we can - she’s our FA Cup lucky charm.”

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