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Football legends Law and Robson team up for charity

Denis Law and Bryan Robson have both been diagnosed with the disease Photo: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada

Football legends Denis Law and Bryan Robson have teamed up for a campaign to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Both former Manchester United players have been diagnosed with the disease – Robson, 55, was discovered to have a throat tumour last year after problems with swallowing.

Law, who also played for Manchester City and is now 72, fought prostate cancer in 2003. Their treatment has been considered a success.

At the Old Trafford launch of the Shine sponsored walk later this year, Robson said: “I got checked out as I knew that something wasn’t right, but it didn’t cross my mind it could be cancer. My doctor ordered some tests and when they came back I was given the devastating news. I just remember feeling totally shocked.”

Law added: “The whole of football was stunned to hear of Bryan’s diagnosis last year. Everyone still thinks of him as the inspirational captain who always seemed to dominate the field of play. To hear that he had succumbed to cancer somehow seemed unreal.”

The Shine night-time walking marathon takes place on September 8. It’s hoped to raise £1 million for Cancer Research UK. You can visit the Shine website for more details.