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30 April 2014

The football club would like to inform supporters travelling to Saturday's (3 May 2014) fixture at Tranmere Rovers of a current trend in recent games with the Wirral-based club.

As a show of support to Tranmere player Joe Thompson, who was sadly diagnosed with a form of throat cancer earlier this season, Rovers supporters have been taking part in a minute's applause in the seventh minute of their fixtures.

The significance of the number seven being that it is Thompson's squad number for this season.

The football club would be extremely pleased if City supporters could take time on Saturday to also join with the minute's applause to show their support for Thompson.

The 25 year-old was diagnosed with Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkins Lymphoma back in October but he is now hopeful of returning for pre-season training at the end of this summer.

He is due to complete a six-month course of chemotherapy in May.

Since his diagnosis, players from around the country have been quick to shown their support for Thompson's during his battle with the disease.

The 'Grow 4 Joe' campaign was set up by Thompson's Tranmere team-mate Max Power in January to help raise awareness for Joe and raise funds for a charitable organisation.

The general idea for the fundraising project is to see footballers, staff members and fans throughout the leagues either grow their hair or facial hair to help raise money for charity and to show support to Joe during his cancer treatment.

To help support the sponsored 'Grow 4 Joe' challenge, City's own Stephen Darby and Kyle Bennett vowed to grow their hair until the end of the current season this weekend. 

Both Darby and Bennett know Thompson through their time in football.

All the money raised from the challenge will go to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Other players involved include Peterborough United's Nicky Ajose, Rotherham United's Nicky Adams, Blackpool's Nathan Eccleston and Reading quartet Adam Le Fondre, Hope Akpan, Nick Blackman and Garath McCleary.

Donations can be made at .

Supporters can follow the challenge on Twitter @Grow4joe and on Instagram: Grow4joe .

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