Port Vale goalkeeper Jak Alnwick sheds Movember beard in support of men’s health charity


Port Vale goalkeeper Jak Alnwick had his beard shaved off on Thursday afternoon at New Era barbers in Burslem following a month of raising money for the charity, Movember.

The former Newcastle United academy product described himself as ‘the bearded goalkeeper’ before barber Matt Arthur shaved it off.

And despite some of his team mates offering to pay him not to grow his facial hair out, Alnwick was adamant that everything was for a good cause.

staffslive-barberSaid Alnwick: “I have been doing Movember for the last couple of years and this year I thought I have already got the big beard so why not do something a little bit different.

“Everyone knows me as the bearded goalkeeper so I thought that it might get a few people involved and give them a bit of money, which it has done, and we have raised a bit of money.

“Whether it was £20 or £2,000 it didn’t matter, it’s given to a good cause so anything that I can do to provide for the cause I will do it, so that is the reason why I have done it.”

And Alnwick, 23, admitted that over the course of the 30 days that he grew his beard out that he was tempted trim it down because it isn’t a look he would usually go for.

“Normally I like to keep it nice and tidy but I have let myself go a little bit. I prefer to trim it but I thought that good people are putting money towards it.

“They have gone out their way to give money towards the cause so it was easy for me to get to the end without trimming it and now it is all coming off.”



The keeper, who has kept seven clean sheets so far this season, also revealed that his fellow team mates would be donating money to the charity.

“On the website it said that there was £280 but we have got all the lads together and they are giving us some money so I think we are going to get it up to around £500.

“It doesn’t really matter how much it is, it goes towards helping someone out. Whether that is just one family because testicular cancer doesn’t just affect one person, it affects a whole family, so to help somebody’s family over Christmas or to get more research then that is what matters.”

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