West Ham United are delighted to announce that Portuguese UEFA Champions League qualifiers Pacos de Ferreira will provide the opposition for a prestigious home fixture in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
The Hammers will play host to Os Castores at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday 10 August at 3pm, completing Sam Allardyce's side's preparations for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season.
Pacos de Ferreira finished third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last term, earning a place in the play-off round for the UEFA Champions League, and reached the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup.
The Board have again shown their commitment to making football affordable for all, with ticket prices set at £15 and £5 for Adult and Under-16 Season Ticket Holders and £20 and £10 for Adult and Under-16 non-Season Ticket Holders respectively. Season Tickets for 2013/14 are available to buy now at seasontickets.whufc.com
With Romania captain Razvan Rat set to make his first appearance at the Boleyn Ground and the possibility of Andy Carroll appearing for the first time on home turf since making his move to east London permanent, demand for tickets is expected to be high. Click here to buy your ticket now.
To keep ticket prices as low as possible, the Club is giving supporters the opportunity to choose their own level of voluntary donation, with options of £1, £5 or £10 to the Fund when they buy tickets online, by telephone or in person. A number of exciting fundraising events will also be held around the match itself.
This season's match beneficiaries will be the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, with 50p from the sale of every Official Programme being donated to the charity founded in memory of the late, great West Ham and England captain. The players' matchday shirts will also be donated to the Fund for auction with educational messages about the risks of bowel cancel displayed on the big screens and in the programme.
West Ham have already raised in excess of £55,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund this year thanks to generous donations and contributions from the Board, partners, sponsors, staff, players and the Club's loyal supporters.
Of the money already raised, Joint-Chairman David Sullivan started the fundraising ball rolling by making a personal donation of £10,000.
Manager Sam Allardyce has also made a sizeable contribution, donating the proceeds of his weekly column in the London Evening Standard newspaper.
The Club showed their outstanding support for the Fund at the Barclays Premier League visit of Tottenham Hotspur in February, with fans helping to raise more than £14,000 through the sale of special commemorative programmes and the auction of the specially embroidered shirts worn by the Hammers squad.
Now, that amazing fundraising total is set to be boosted yet further when West Ham take on Pacos de Ferreira in this prestigious pre-season friendly.
Since being established in 1993 in memory of the legendary West Ham and England captain by his widow Stephanie Moore MBE, the charity has raised over £20m for bowel cancer research, as well as working to raise awareness of the disease which took the life of the great centre-back at the age of 51.
In the two decades since Moore's passing, around 300,000 people have lost their lives to bowel cancer in the UK alone, enough to fill the Boleyn Ground more than 10 times over. For more details about the Fund and how you can get involved, visit www.bobbymoorefund.org"
The stage is set for an exciting afternoon of football, as Pacos de Ferreira are sure to give the Hammers a stern test ahead of the start of the new season, having qualified for Europe's premier club tournament for the first time.
They have been involved in European competition twice before in recent years, with appearances in the UEFA Cup in 2007/08 and UEFA Europa League in 2009/10 to their name.
Last season's third place finish was the best in the northern Portugal-based club's history, and former Porto and Monaco midfielder Costinha has recently taken up the managerial reins following Paulo Fonseca's move to champions Porto.