Clarke’s Famous Blackpool Strike Is Being Used To Raise Awareness

Preston North End, The English Football League (EFL) and Mind have partnered to create a mural of Tom Clarke in Fishergate.

The mural has been created to raise awareness of Mental Health Awareness Day, which will take place tomorrow (October 10th).

The EFL has said they are, “proud to be associated with Mind as our charity partner and we are pleased to be able to work together to highlight the challenges around mental health on World Mental Health Day.

“The power of football and the Club badge provides a platform like no other and through the Goals Worth Talking About campaign and the EFL’s wider partnership with Mind, we aim to continue to encourage conversations and improve the approach to mental health in both football and in the wider society.”

Tom Clarke’s 2013 goal against Lancashire rivals Blackpool was chosen by North End fans as the image that should be immortalised in street art.

Street artist Elroy the Artist recreated the famous moment on Fishergate outside the old BHS store, with the aim of highlighting how football is often a conversation starter, and the importance of talking when it comes to mental health support.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said, “We know that football and emotion go hand in hand. That’s why we’re delighted to be marking World Mental Health Day this year with Goals Worth Talking About, as part of our charity partnership with the EFL.

“Football has the power to bring about real change. We hope that by harnessing the passion and emotion fans have about their clubs’ most significant goal through these fantastic pieces of street art, we can encourage more people to start up conversations about their emotions and ultimately their mental health too.

“Together, Mind and the EFL hope that Goals Worth Talking About can be the inspiration to people to make their first step to getting support.”

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