As Cancer Strikes 26 Year Old Soccer Player, Entire Team Shaves Off Their Head in Heartwarming Gesture

Published 01/18/2023, 4:15 AM EST

Soccer is really more than just a game. At times, life throws at us some tough battles to fight, but standing up to them positively is the ultimate challenge. And having your loved ones there to support you can sometimes give you a moral boost to fight those brutal battles. Just like that, the soccer world has once again witnessed yet another beautiful story. This one comes from a small city in England.


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Nick Anderton of Bristol Rovers is currently enduring the most difficult phase of his life. Even in these tough times, the Preston-born defender is battling fiercely. However, thanks to his teammates, his morale is on cloud nine.

The heartwarming gesture of the soccer club Bristol Rovers

Nick is currently diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The player had a successful operation; however, he had to go through several months of chemotherapy.

In an attempt to show support for Anderton, the entire squad of Bristol Rovers shaved their heads. All the players, including the manager, Joey Barton, have gone bald in order to raise funds for his treatment.

The club’s head of media, Andy Downie, organized a fundraiser, and the donations from people have been incredible.

“It will keep the wolves from the door and allow him to focus on his recovery,” said Barton. “He’s got a new baby in the house as well, so it’s the minimum we can do and we’re thankful to everybody who has donated or shared and raised awareness.”

“Every pound, every penny will make a difference in terms of helping Nick with his recovery.” the manager added.

Nick couldn’t control his emotions after such a heartwarming gesture as the left-back had no words. “The best group of people, what a club! The support we’ve received since the news in July up until now has been incredible. Lost for words Bristol Rovers. Thank you”


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Bristol had collected around £5,000 within hours of the event’s beginning. For now, they have collected a total sum exceeding £30,000.

Barton fighting Cancer fiercely

Nick announced that he had cancer back in July. The 26-year-old later announced that he had undergone a successful operation to remove the tumor from the femur bone.

However, reports from the biopsy revealed that the tumor on his leg was more violent. Thus, Anderton would be going through several months of chemotherapy.


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“Thank you for the messages of support from every single person, the strength they’ve given my family can’t be described,” he tweeted.

“It’s been one hell of a year, to say the least. Staying positive and taking each day as it comes got to try and keep the mind healthy.”


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The defender will be going through several chemotherapy sessions. Let’s hope he recovers ASAP and gets back on the pitch in no time.



Abhishek Mishra

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Edited By: Akash Pandhare