Car accident forces Mansfield Town chairman out of charity bike ride

Mansfield Town's owner John Radford alongside wife and chief executive Carolyn
Mansfield Town's owner John Radford alongside wife and chief executive Carolyn

Mansfield Town Chairman John Radford has been forced to withdraw from a charity cycle ride because of injuries sustained in a car accident.

Mr Radford was involved in the accident last week on a motorway when the vehicle in which he was travelling was hit from the rear.

But the Stags’ chairman, who was set to take part in a grueling 150 mile cycle challenge from London to Amsterdam next Friday to raise funds for Prostate Cancer, but has donated £1,000 to aid the cause instead.

“The chairman has been advised by doctors not to take part in the charity bike ride due to injuries sustained to his back, neck and shoulder,” said, Mark Stevenson, head of media & communications.

“He is very disappointed to withdraw from the cycle challenge, but is still feeling the effects of the car accident. As a gesture of goodwill to the rest of the riders and to the charity itself, he has donated £1,000 towards Prostate Cancer.

“The chairman is expected to make a full recovery in the next couple of months,” he added.

Mr Radford has been replaced on the cycle challenge by his brother Stephen, who will be accompanied by Mark Stevenson, scoreboard operator Stuart Eggleshaw, Doug Carroll (better known as club mascot Sammy the Stag) and striker Ben Hutchinson, who left the Stags in the summer but has agreed to take part in the challenge.

On the eve of the 2014 World Cup, they will ride from one home of Total Football (The Matchroom Stadium, home of Leyton Orient FC) to another, AFC Ajax and raise money to help more men survive prostate cancer.

The team can be sponsored by heading to the club’s Just Giving page.