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Ride With Viv Anderson For Men United

Viv Anderson started his football career under the wing of Bryan Clough at Notts Forest. He was part of the team that won promotion in 1977 and won the title along with the League Cup the following year. He later went on to went the 1979 European Cup with Forest as well as receiving his first England cap in 1978.

He moved to Arsenal in 1984 and continued playing for England, winning his 11th cap that same year. He tasted success once more with Arsenal when they beat Liverpool in the League Cup Final in 1987.

He moved onto Manchester United and became Ferguson's first signing. He was a regular in the right back position with Manchester for years before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday and eventually onto Barnsley to become player-manager. At the end of the 1994 season, he moved to Middlesbrough to become assistant manager working alongside former Manchester United teammate Bryan Robson. He even managed to sneak in two games for the club in 1994-1995 season which saw Middlesbrough promoted into the Premier League as Division One champions.

Viv's career has taken him from player to Manager and he's done everything in between. He was the first black player to be capped for England and represented his country 30 times between 1978 -1988. Off the pitch his tireless work for charity and sporting causes saw him receive an MBE in 2000 and he continues his charity work to this day.

Which brings us to why I'm stood in the Retul Fit room in the Planet X Sheffield Showroom with a footballing legend, a man who I've stuck in more than a few Panini sticker albums and he's a little uncomfortable in lycra. Viv Anderson is riding for Men's United. He's taking part in a charity bike ride from Barnsley to Amsterdam to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. 140+ miles spread over two days, he's looking forward to the ride with some trepidation; he's a novice cyclist and has never done more than a handful of miles on any bicycle.

We're going to make Viv's life as easy for him as possible and that's why he's here for a Retul Bike Fit. There's a brand new RT-80 road bike in his size racked up onto the turbo trainer and Planet X's top Retul fitter Michael Timmins is dialling in Viv's riding position for maximum comfort. Viv's in a great mood and full of questions- mostly about the bike. "I'm not sure about those pedals, are you certain I'll be able to get out of them when I come to a stop?" "Where are the gears, I can't see any levers on the frame, how do you change gears?" It's obviously been a quite a while since Viv last rode a bicycle so the intricacies of Shimano's STI integrated gear shifters and brake levers are explained to him "Small lever to small ring- big lever to big ring". He gets it easily, he's a natural at this bike riding lark.

If you want to sign up and take part to make a difference and join football legends Viv Andreson and Terry Butcher in supporting a very worthwhile cause then head on over to and get involved in this June's ride.

1 February 2016

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