United's pink bull to raise money for breast cancer fight

The vandalised bull

The vandalised bull

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor

OXFORD United have teamed up with the Against Breast Cancer charity to try to turn the vandalism of its bull statue into a fundraiser.

Vandals painted the iconic sculpture outside the Kassam Stadium pink over the weekend.

However the club has decided to turn the vandalism into a positive and is asking supporters to donate money to the Abingdon-based charity Against Breast Cancer.

Supporters can go along to the bull before tonight's game against Shrewbury Town and Saturday's clash with Cheltenham Town and make a donation.

United chairman Kelvin Thomas said: "We are delighted to be making a positive statement following the disappointment of someone painting the bull pink.

"We had a few discussions over how to react and we decided the best way was to make it have a positive impact on the community.

"We are confident this was not an attack on the football club and we received a huge amount of exposure due to it.

"Against Breast Cancer was an obvious choice to link up with due to the colour and we are very pleased to react quickly to the situation and help raise some money for the charity.

"Supporters are asked to come and have a look and help such a good cause before it is cleaned up hopefully next week."

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2:39pm Tue 25 Jan 11

camden says...

Well done Oxford United for having the imagination to turn this mindless act in to something positive. I hope the supporters of both clubs deig deep in to their pockets to help this worthy cause.
Well done Oxford United for having the imagination to turn this mindless act in to something positive. I hope the supporters of both clubs deig deep in to their pockets to help this worthy cause. camden
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3:16pm Tue 25 Jan 11

Belllssss says...

I do believe someone suggested they do this on the comments part of the Oxford mail on Monday...
I do believe someone suggested they do this on the comments part of the Oxford mail on Monday... Belllssss
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3:27pm Tue 25 Jan 11

GRB says...

Belllssss wrote:
I do believe someone suggested they do this on the comments part of the Oxford mail on Monday...
So maybe the comment was taken on board and wisely used. Credit to all concerned.
[quote][p][bold]Belllssss[/bold] wrote: I do believe someone suggested they do this on the comments part of the Oxford mail on Monday...[/p][/quote]So maybe the comment was taken on board and wisely used. Credit to all concerned. GRB
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5:08pm Tue 25 Jan 11

abingdonguy says...

Well done Oxford U, Nice to see someone does act on comments. Hope you can raise loads of dosh for a good cause/
Well done Oxford U, Nice to see someone does act on comments. Hope you can raise loads of dosh for a good cause/ abingdonguy
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1:37am Wed 26 Jan 11

mandate says...

What a great idea. The pink bull will be remembered as a charity raiser.
The morons who originally tagged the statue have achieved nothing.
What a great idea. The pink bull will be remembered as a charity raiser. The morons who originally tagged the statue have achieved nothing. mandate
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1:39pm Wed 26 Jan 11

against breast cancer says...

Police are appealing for witnesses, Against Breast Cancer are appealing for donations! Remember to wear something Pink at the Kassam Stadium this Saturday!
Police are appealing for witnesses, Against Breast Cancer are appealing for donations! Remember to wear something Pink at the Kassam Stadium this Saturday! against breast cancer
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