Battling Gordon will have his head shaved before bumper crowd

Gordon Lindsay from Simonside, South Shields.
Gordon Lindsay from Simonside, South Shields.

A football fan is preparing for a hair-raising experience as he takes on the biggest battle of his life.

Gordon Lindsay, 40, from Simonside, South Shields, is battling lung cancer, and is currently undergoing treatment to remove the tumour – and faces chemotherapy, when he is likely to lose his hair.

That’s why, South Shields FC fan Mr Lindsay has decided to have a charity head shave tomorrow to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The head shave will take place at half-time of the Mariners’ big derby match with Hebburn Town, and is likely to happen on the pitch.

There is expected to be a bumper crowd at Mariners Park following Shields’ promotion to Northern League Division One.

Mr Lindsay said: “I’m probably going to have to lose my hair eventually with chemotherapy, so I may as well do it myself. There is expected to be a big crowd, and the more people that see it, the more it will raise the profile of the cause.

“It’s a big game and I just want to raise as much money as possible for the charity. I’ve also had family members who have had cancer, and the charity was very good with them.”

The match was due to be held on Boxing Day, but was postponed. Because of that, many fans are planning to attend the game wearing Christmas clothing, with Mr Lindsay set to wear a Santa suit.

His initial aim is to raise £800 for the charity, through an online fundraising page and bucket collections at the match.

To donate to Mr Lindsay’s Just Giving page, visit