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East Hull to take part in annual charity Steady Eddie Cup

18th April, 2021

One of East Hull's opening matches under their new name of FC Humber United that comes into effect from the 2021/22 season will be the first of an annual charity pre-season clash with Cheadle Heath Nomads.

The Toolstation NCEL Division One club have announced that the yearly tussle with their North West Counties League counterparts will be for the Steady Eddie Cup, named after the mascot of a local charity called StrokeInformation.

The two sides will host the match alternatively with this summer's taking place at Cheadle's Proseal Stadium on Saturday 17th July, 2021.

The charity was founded by former footballer Nick Clarke after his own severe stroke in September 2012 and he is delighted with the announcement, saying: "The charity has gone from strength to strength and is very appreciative for the support that FC Humber United and Cheadle Heath Nomads have shown.

"Support is so, so important when you have been impacted by stroke and that is the mantra of the charity by offering true peer-led support and their tagline is #WeCareBecauseWeveBeenThere.”

"During the lockdown and pandemic, everyone has experienced some form of isolation - well, please, imagine that all the time.

"That is what it’s like after your stroke, you don’t really see anyone, no-one rarely pops round for a brew or a chat, effectively making the stroke survivors feel unworthy. StrokeInformation is reducing that isolation.

"Although the charity is based over in Stockport, they will help anyone anywhere at any age. Most people believe that strokes only affect those at a certain age.

"Well, that’s not true and is quite apt for the charity at the moment as a young mother from Bradford has just reached out to StrokeInformation after her son has had three strokes since September 2020 and he is just five years of age!!"

FC Humber United chairman Richard Smales added: "This is another fantastic link and partnership for us as a club.

"It's only when you read about what StrokeInformation offer as support that it hits home that a stroke can affect anyone at any age.

"With this link between ourselves and Cheadle Heath Nomads, it's more than just a game of football. We can enjoy the annual pre-season fixture knowing that we are also doing our bit to push this extremely important charity at the same time.

"It’s a big thank you to our Director of Football, Marc Brown, for making an idea into a reality for us and Cheadle to build a strong partnership over the coming years.

"We are very much looking forward to the trip across the Pennines and to test ourselves against NWCFL opposition too.

"It's another exciting and important partnership we have added to the club as we continue to grow and move forwards in the right direction."

Cheadle Heath Nomads chairman George Gibbons commented: "On behalf of everyone at Cheadle Heath Nomads, we are delighted and honoured to participate for The Steady Eddie Cup with our friends from FC Humber United.

"Nick Clarke and his colleagues undertake a tremendous amount of valuable work in the community, not only assisting stroke patients but also their immediate families, and hopefully, with the help of both clubs, we can in some way ensure that their amazing work continues.

"I'm confident that these annual fixtures will be fiercely contested on the pitch and celebrated with a drink or two afterwards.

"We are looking forward to hosting the inaugural match and meeting new football friends along the way."

FC Humber United's director of football Marc Brown said: "When myself, Rich and Mark discussed the fixture we wanted to do something that had potential to be an annual event which would raise awareness of a great charity.

"Having previously been part of a few fundraising events for Stroke Information, it was an obvious decision.

"George Gibbons and everyone at Nomads have shown a great deal of enthusiasm to this exciting partnership and the speed in which all three parties have managed to get everything over the line shows the commitment, desire and forward-thinking everyone has which can only make everyone stronger for it.

"The work Nick and his team carry out is priceless and it's personally a proud moment to be able to continue supporting them."

Click here for more information about StrokeInformation.

(Story Source: East Hull)

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17 Staveley MW 6 7 -1
18 Knaresborough 9 7 -9
19 Bottesford Town 11 4 -24
20 Athersley Rec 10 3 -33
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2 Campion 11 24 17
P 3 Winterton Rangers 9 22 23
4 North Ferriby 10 22 11
5 Retford FC 13 21 6
6 Brigg Town 11 20 13
7 Rossington Main 12 18 5
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9 Parkgate 10 16 -2
10 Hall Road Rangers 10 14 -3
11 Hallam 8 13 4
12 Nostell MW 12 12 -8
13 Glasshoughton Welf 12 11 1
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