Monte's boot auction

West Ham United strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Colombo has teamed up with the first-team squad to raise thousands of pounds in memory of his late mother.

Monte, as he is known to everyone at the club, lost his mother to cancer in the spring of 2012 and he and brother Mark have paid tribute to her by raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

While Mark has raised £5,000 by trekking to Everest Base Camp, Monte has enlisted the help of the Hammers' players, each of whom have donated a pair of signed boots for auction.


The unique action began on 1 April and, since then, Monte has raised more than £2,500 by auctioning off boots worn by the outfield players and gloves worn by the goalkeepers.

The charity sale will continue until the end of the month, with boots worn by the likes of captain Kevin Nolan and Hammer of the Year Mark Noble and gloves worn by Jussi Jaaskelainen still waiting to go up for auction.

"My mother passed away in March last year and my brother and I wanted to do something to raise money for Cancer Research UK," Monte confirmed. "Mark has taken on the Mount Everest Base Camp challenge with 34 work colleagues from Tesco - hence his fundraising motto 'Everest Little Helps'.

"To do his challenge, each person had to raise a minimum of £3,500, so they have done brilliantly.

"I decided to ask the lads if they would be willing to donate something for auction to raise money, which they were only too happy to do. I collected the boots and got everybody to sign their pair and have been auctioning one pair every day through my twitter feed.

"It has gone very well so far, but there is still time for supporters to bag themselves a unique pair of boots, with some of the big-hitters being saved until the end of the month!"

Full details of how to bid for the remaining pairs of signed boots between now and 30 April, start following Monte on twitter now @Monte_the_bear

Monte's boot auction

Guy Demel and James Tomkins have donated their signed boots