2nd March 2004

 

ALAN WANTS THE SHIRT OFF YOUR BACK

 

Do you have any old replica football shirts hiding in the back of your wardrobe? Are you still hoarding that classic retro England top from the days of Keegan and Brooking, or a Brazil shirt from the days of Rivelinho and Garrincha?

 

If so an England football fan who is striving to improve the image of England supporters abroad would love to hear from you.

 

Alan Lee, an accommodation supervisor at the University of Lincoln, helps to run the independent England supporters group 4England.

 

He has travelled all over the world to support his country’s footballers and visited Portugal recently as preparations continue for the Euro 2004 tournament in June.

 

Next week Alan and other members of 4England will pay a visit to a Portuguese orphanage – the Comunidade Juvenil de S Francisco De Assis in Coimbra – to support the children in a number of ways.

 

“When we asked the orphanage what the children would really want most, the simple reply was football shirts,” said Alan.

 

“We’re planning to take as many shirts as possible, so if anyone reading this can donate any used club or country replica shirts which are still in fairly decent condition I would be delighted to take them with me.”

 

The children in the orphanage are aged between five to 18.

 

If you would like to donate a shirt to the orphanage you can post it to Alan Lee,

Services Building, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS or telephone Alan on Lincoln 886822 to arrange collection.

 

Any shirts received after next week will be donated to the orphanage in June when 4England travel to Portugal for Euro 2004.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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