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Bristol Rovers players shave their heads in support of teammate Nick Anderton

Bristol Rovers players and staff shave their heads in support of teammate Nick Anderton

Yesterday, Bristol Rovers players, coaches and staff shaved their heads in support of defender Nick Anderton, who is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with bone cancer last year.

Anderton was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer last summer. The club decided that on the 16th January - the date chosen in honour of Anderton’s squad number, 16 - players and staff would shave their heads in support of their much-loved team-mate. 

Rovers captain Paul Coutts told BBC Points West, “I just think it shows what everyone thought of Nick around the building.

"He played on pretty much from January last year, I think with what he thought was a sore knee, and it shows what sort of character he was.

"He put his body on the line and helped us get promotion and the great scenes at the end of last season, and what he would give to be back in the dressing room with the lads, we just wanted to show our support to him."

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Manager Joey Barton was among those who had their head shaved for the cause. He added: "There's going to be some odd stares when we get to play games, a commentator's nightmare - a team of skinheads. But it's a phenomenal cause and it's the least we can do."

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Bristol Rovers have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Nick and his family. To donate: click here

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