By Jason McKeown
Prostate Cancer UK – the Football League’s specially chosen charity partner for the second successive season – has launched a special football campaign to raise awareness about the illness. ‘Men United’ aims to identify the greatest captains in Football League history, with all 72 clubs putting forward their own greatest captain.
Width of a Post was asked to nominate Bradford City’s captain. We plumped for Stuart McCall, who in two spells and 395 appearances performed memorable heroics for the Bantams. Graduating through the youth ranks, McCall made his City debut in 1982 and was part of a successful rise from the third tier to the cusp of the top flight, only for the Bantams to lose the 1988 play off to Middlesbrough. After moving on to Everton and then Glasgow Rangers, McCall enjoyed a highly decorative career that included winning 40 caps for Scotland and playing in major tournaments.
McCall returned to Valley Parade in 1998 and put to bed the ghosts of a decade earlier when he led the Bantams into the Premier League. He remained a key figure during our two-year stay amongst the elite, and even turned down the opportunity to remain in the Premier League following our relegation in 2001, after Everton attempted to re-sign him. Stuart is widely considered our greatest ever player, making him a clear choice as our greatest captain.
Prostate Cancer UK is committed to increasing awareness of prostate cancer and improving men’s experience of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship by providing accessible, accurate, current and comprehensive information.