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Rodney Marsh To Clean Players' Boots

STOKE CITY'S players will have their boots cleaned by pundit Rodney Marsh after he promised to make good on a vow he made on Twitter.

The former Fulham, QPR and Manchester City striker believed the Potters would never feature in the first match on the BBC show Match of the Day, something that of course happened when Chelsea were beaten 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium back in December.

Marsh is now due up to the Club's Clayton Wood training ground on Tuesday 29th April and is looking to raise money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice in the process.

"I said earlier in the season on Twitter, that the way Stoke played, they were so boring they would never be first on MoTD," he said.

"I got some enormous stick on Twitter and said for a forfeit to the fans, if they were ever first I would personally drive to Stoke & clean the players' boots."

When Oussama Assaidi struck a last gasp winner to confine Jose Mourinho to defeat on his first visit to the Potteries, City's game against the Blues was chosen to go first up on the highlights programme hosted by Gary Lineker.

Marsh once again took to Twitter saying: "I gave you my word. If someone sets it up I will drive to Stoke and clean the players' boots for kids' charity."

Armed with a scrubbing brush, he will be put through his paces cleaning the players' boots to raise funds for the Donna Louise.

Stoke players will also be getting involved with many of them offering to donate their cleaned boots to the charity to auction off.

Marsh said: "I am delighted to be associated with The Donna Louise Children's Hospice because kids' charities are personally, so very close to my heart."

The money raised will be used to help fund the Hospice's annual running costs of £2.5M and provide vital services for around 180 local children and their families from across Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Liz Gratton, Head of Fundraising for the Hospice, added, "When we heard that Rodney had said that he would honour his promise, we were thrilled that he then chose The Donna Louise Children's Hospice to be the beneficiary.

"We have enjoyed a great relationship with Stoke City for many years and so, like many Stoke fans, we will be watching on with great amusement as he gets on with cleaning those boots!"

To sponsor Rodney's boot scrub challenge and help support the work of The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, go to  Or text "BOOT63 £AMOUNT" to 70070.

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