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Wright Does Movember

16 November 2012


You will notice a few slight differences at Selhurst over the coming weeks. As well as a new manager and a few fresh faces sitting in the dug-out, you may also spot a few of the Palace players sporting some unusual facial hair.

It's all for a good cause though as November is Movember in the sporting world, where  people raise money for good causes by pledging not to shave their top lip throughout the month. Having participated in the cause last year, Eagles defender David Wright is once again raising funds this time round, and has persuaded a few of his team-mates to ditch the razor until December 1st.

The charity, Prostate Cancer UK, strikes a chord with the 32 year old who lost his father to bowel cancer a few years ago, and he is eager to surpass last year's total to help raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms.

“Last year went really well and we were very well supported by family and friends and a lot of the boys, and quite a few fans donated some too,” he said. “We ended up collecting just short of £800 which was brilliant and it went off to raise awareness of male cancers so that was really pleasing.

“Sadly five years ago my dad passed away with bowel cancer so it was just a way of giving something back and try and raise awareness as I think men prefer to hold back.

“A lot of the boys tend to do any charity fundraising in private but with Movember it's out there in the open and tens of thousands of people get involved so it's a great thing to take part in and the more exposure the charity can get, the better.

“There are around 10 players and staff getting involved this month so if you go onto my Movember website there will be plenty of pictures up there and if the fans just want see how the boy's moustaches are going that's great. I'd love to beat last year's total so I'm hopeful of getting a grand this year, so if you can spare a donation any amount will help.”

It's been a frustrating start to the season for the versitile player who signed for Palace back in 2010 having spent three years at Portman Road and racking up more than 125 appearances for the Tractor Boys. This season though has only seen him feature three times for the Eagles. 

With first-team opportunities limited under Dougie Freedman he spent a month on loan at Gillingham to keep himself sharp, and helped another side flying high at the top of their league continue their impressive start to the season.

“I really enjoyed my time at Gillingham, Martin Allen and the boys were brilliant and welcomed me with open arms. I went there when they were top of the league so there was a really good feeling going into their dressing room. I think we won five, drew one and lost one whilst I was there and it was nice to be a part of that. 

“I've come back here after playing seven games so I'm fit but the boys are flying and it's really hard to get back into the side. I'm just getting my head down and doing my best to be involved again.”

Ian Holloway's arrival ensures everyone in the squad starts with a fresh slate and those who weren't playing under the previous regime are now back in the fold. Despite the absence of a manager, Wright was impressed by the character of the squad who took seven points out of nine whilst Freedman's successor was being chosen.

“It's a real credit to the boys that they had two tough away games and got four points, even though the excuses were ready for them as they haven't got a manager and don't know where they're going, but they haven't used them and got on with the job in hand. 

“We need to give Dougie, Lennie and Curtis credit for that too as they've set a foundation for the boys by giving them a good structure on the pitch and mentally as well. The place has moved forward so much over the past couple of years it's frightening, so the club is in a great place and the team is doing very well.

“The form we're in, such as going to Leicester and winning convincingly, we have nothing to fear so hopefully we can push now and try and get into the top two.”

To donate and keep up to date with the squad's efforts, please visit www.mobro.co/wrighty3.

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