Blue September – the annual awareness campaign by the Prostate Cancer Foundation – has special meaning for New Zealand football supporters.
Prostate cancer claimed the life of New Zealand football’s greatest skipper, Steve Sumner, in February 2017, at the age of 61.
During his treatment, Sumner urged all football supporters to encourage men to get regular checks for prostate cancer as early detection can be critical to beating the disease.
More than 600 men a year die from prostate cancer in New Zealand.
Blue September coincides with the annual final of New Zealand football’s showcase event – the Chatham Cup.
Sumner won the trophy a record six times, as well as famously leading the All Whites to the 1982 FIFA World Cup finals in Spain.
This year’s ISPS Chatham Cup final is this Sunday (September 9) and is between Birkenhead United and Western Suburbs at QBE Stadium, Albany. It’s also live on SKY TV. Kick off is 3.30pm.