The Wessie - Tackling Cancer in Yorkshire with Some Fascinating Football History

02 December 2019

A York-based sports journalist is hoping to net funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research through sales of a new football book.

The Wessie, written by Martin Jarred, tells the story of the West Riding County FA Senior Cup which has involved all West Yorkshire’s major clubs.

Martin is currently recovering from prostate cancer after treatment at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.

Half of the royalties from the book will go to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Martin with his book, 'The Wessie: A History of the West Riding Senior Football Association Cup'

He said: “After the outstanding treatment I received at the Bexley Wing at Jimmy’s I wanted to give something to a cancer charity. Yorkshire Cancer Research fitted the bill as it is a county-wide organisation which matched the profile of the book.”

It took Martin hundreds of hours of research travelling to local libraries throughout the county and the British Library at Boston Spa to put together information for The Wessie.

The Senior Cup was first contested in 1910 and was last played for in 1999. It was won by Leeds United 22 times, Bradford City on 13 occasions and 12 times by Huddersfield Town. Bradford Park Avenue, Halifax Town, Goole Town, Selby Town and Barnsley have also lifted the trophy.

The book contains season-by-season match results, scorers, and line-ups. It also includes details of other competitions run for West Yorkshire clubs, such as the West Yorkshire Cup, the West Riding Supplementary Cup, the Combined Counties Cup, the Yorkshire and Humberside Cup, the Yorkshire Electricity Cup and the West Riding County Cup (from 2007 to date).

Copies can be obtained via the website, from specialist sports booksellers or direct from the publisher at 4 Adrian Close, Toton, Nottingham, NG9 6FL, with £2 for postage and packaging. 



About Yorkshire Cancer Research

•    Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity. 
•    Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
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•    There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials. 
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