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Racing to remember football legend

Article 22nd February 2022 Newmarket

Football legend Glenn Roeder will be remembered at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday, 23 July when the entire card will be sponsored in support of the Brain Tumour Charity as part of a national fundraising initiative.

Roeder, a passionate supporter of racing who died in February last year at the age of 65, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003 during a distinguished career which included spells with West Ham, Newcastle, Norwich and Watford, and a coaching role with Glenn Hoddle’s national squad.

The Brain Tumour Charity is a national organisation dedicated funding research that will increase survival and improve quality of life for an estimated 88,000 children and adults in the UK affected by brain tumours.

Roeder’s daughter Holly, who works as racing secretary to Newmarket trainer, Robert Cowell, said, “Dad was passionate about his racing and loved being around racing people. A raceday in his memory seemed an obvious and fitting way to celebrate his life, and we are extremely grateful to Newmarket Racecourses’ General Manager, Sophie Able, and all our supporters who have come together to help raise vital funds for such an important charity.

“It has been a tough year since losing dad, who battled so bravely and for so long after his diagnosis. A brain tumour can strike anyone at any time and if we can use this raceday to highlight awareness and raise money to help fund research into understanding and treatments, hopefully we can reduce the suffering of families losing loved ones prematurely.”

On the day a live auction of memorabilia and ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences will take place during a VIP lunch in a dedicated marquee on Newmarket’s July course and will be augmented by an online silent auction where racing and football fans can bid for items from by scanning the QR code in the day’s racecard.

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