FC Humber United are pleased to announce that they have recently scheduled an annual pre season fixture with Cheadle Heath Nomads, the pre season matches will be held with each team hosting the other at alternative home ground locations and this match will be for the “Steady Eddie Cup”. Steady Eddie is the mascot of a local charity StrokeInformation which was setup by former footballer Nick Clarke after his own severe stroke in September 2012.

Nick shared his thoughts on the charity and the game ahead. “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, as 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 and 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 3 strokes since September 2020 and he is just 5 years of age!!”

FC Humber United Chairman, Richard Smales comments on this latest link for the club “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’s when 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 however know that we are also doing our bit to push this extremely important charity at the same time.

It’s a big thank you to Marc for making an idea into a reality for all 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. 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 added; “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. 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, Director of Football Marc Brown: “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. The speed in which all 3 parties have managed to get everything over the line shows the commitment, desire and forward thinking everyone is which can only make everyone stronger for it. The work Nick and his team carry out is priceless and its personally a proud moment to be able to continue supporting them.”

For more information please visit www.strokeinformation.co.uk 

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April 16, 2021

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