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Monday, July 26, 2010

Riders for the Daffodil Derby

With just over a week to go until the Daffodil Derby, the first group of competing Football League mascots at the event at Southwell Racecourse has been announced.

Currently, 22 Football League mascots - plus Daffy the Daffodil - have signed up to the race on Tuesday 3 August which has been designed to launch the fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care - the Official Charity Partner of The Football League for the 2010/11 season.

The confirmed mascots so far:

Queens Park Rangers
Spark the Tiger

Northampton Town
Clarence the Dragon

Peterborough United
Peter Burrow

Derby County
Rammie

Nottingham Forest
Robin Hood

Leeds United
Lucas the Kop Kat

Stockport County
Animo

Accrington Stanley
Winstanley

Hartlepool United
H'Angus the Monkey

Stevenage
Boro Bear

Portsmouth
Nelson the Dog

Portsmouth
Mary Rose

Leicester City
Filbert Fox

Brighton & Hove Albion
Gully

Sheffield United
Captain Blade

Notts County
Mrs Magpie

Tranmere Rovers
Rover

Shrewsbury Town
Lenny the Lion

Chesterfield
Chester the Field Mouse

Preston North End
Deepdale Duck

Lincoln City
Poacher then Imp

Millwall
Zampa the Lion



Starting at 7.45pm and forming part of the evening's racing schedule, prizes for the derby include a Day for Two with the Red Arrows and a year's subscription to World Soccer magazine.

There will also be prizes for the Mascot who can raise the most money for Marie Curie Cancer Care on the JustGiving website at www.justgiving.com/footballleague2010-11, with every £20 raised paying for an hour's nursing care for terminally ill people.

Both football and racing fans and their families are being encouraged to attend the racing and the evening's entertainment which sees five piece band 'Urban Intro' playing live in the grandstand.

For information on tickets in exchange for a donation to the charity, please contact David Hamilton, Corporate Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, on 0207 599 7312 or email david.hamilton@mariecurie.org.uk.

To find out more about the partnership between The Football League and Marie Curie Cancer Care please click here

Proposed timings (subject to change) for the Daffodil Derby:

3.40pm Gates open
5.55pm Official start of evening's horse racing
7.05pm Mascots parade the ring
7.45pm Mascot race starts
8.00pm Winners presentation at podium

Marie Curie Cancer Care has been selected as the official charity partner of The Football League for the duration of the 20010/11 season click here for more information