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Glenn Ferguson looking cash for his ‘tache

By Graham Luney

Glenn Ferguson has given more than a few defenders hair-raising moments during his glittering career but they needn’t worry about his current passion.

‘Spike’ will hang up his razor this month to raise funds for a Prostate Cancer Charity.

‘Movember’ is a month-long event aimed at raising the profile of men’s health and the former Northern Ireland international is happy to lose his cutting edge for 30 days to support the worthy cause.

Gone is the old clean-shaven Lisburn Distillery striker — at least for a month, though only time will tell how his new look will affect his performances.

Come the end of November, Ferguson hopes to be sporting a magnificent moustache — rekindling memories of his Glenavon days - and a healthy sack of money towards fighting the disease.

No doubt the local football family will dig deep to support the legendary marksman’s efforts, but they can dismiss any thought the 41-year-old is planning to enter a Liam Beckett look-alike competition!

“It’s a bit of good fun on my part and I just hope people will be generous and support me,” said Ferguson who has made more than 1,000 appearances in the domestic game.

“I’ve raised £100 in the first three days so I’m off to a good start and hopefully that will continue.

“A lot of us know people who are affected by cancer or been tested for it and it’s just something we need to raise money to fight. I’m going to finish the month with a good moustache but I don’t think anyone minds, it’s all for a good cause!”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Spike’s fundraising exploits should keep a look out for the moustache and make a contribution.

Opposing defences have experienced a close shave when Ferguson has been running at them and tonight it’s the turn of Newry City to face the legend at the Showgrounds.

Tommy Wright’s side are brimming with confidence after their 3-1 win at Glentoran and while some observers may be waiting for the Whites’ bubble to burst, Ferguson knows their climb up the table is no fluke.

“The boys are working hard and the difference is we are getting the breaks now,” added the former Linfield favourite.

“Not too many teams can go to the Oval and get the result we did so the boys have to take confidence and belief from that.

“We all know every team is capable of beating each other but that was a big win for us. We showed in the second half of last season that the team can play good football.

“Unfortunately we have dropped points in games we perhaps should have won. Newry City will be tough to beat because their tails will be up after a great win at Donegal Celtic.”

Spike will have enjoyed flooring his old enemy, Glentoran, last weekend, but he is as concerned as the next football fan about the cash crisis that threatens to kill off clubs. No club is immune from going under and Lisburn Distillery almost disappeared off the local football map earlier this year until a winding-up petition against the club was dismissed at the High Court.

“This is a reality check for all the clubs and the time has come for everyone to put their house in order,” added Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Newry City fans will make a television history tomorrow morning when they appear on Sky’s Soccer AM programme. The City supporters, who will be promoting the club’s Sky live clash with Portadown on Monday night, will be the first local supporters to sing their team’s praises in the famous studio.

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