‘Mr. England’ last wish for a signed football shirt


Plymouth man who once called himself ‘Mr England’ at his local pub in Honicknowle, seeks an England soccer player signed shirt as his last wish since being diagnosed with terminal cancer .

All his adult life Mark Bresland has always been a huge fan of English football including Manchester United and as a person who never asks for anything his best friend is determined to make his last wish come true.

The 55-year-old man is unable to eat due to cancer of his tongue, radiation therapy to his lymph nodes and has been on morphine all the time.

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Best friend for thirty-five years, Darren McGuire goes out of his way to help Mark at PlymouthLive in 1998, Mark has attended every England game in France and has said the team are “one of his greatest. great loves in life “.

In his local pub in Honicknowle, at the Victory Inn, he was nicknamed “Mr England” due to his dedication and passion for the England football team every time they played. Darren wants to make his “last dying wish” a reality.

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He told PlymouthLive: “Mark has followed the England team at home and away his entire life since adulthood and the England football team are one of the greatest loves of his life.”

“He went to France in 1998 and watched every England game there.”

Darren added, “He doesn’t ask for much in life, he’s never done it, and I just really want to help him do it. He said he wanted him to be placed on his coffin when he died.

“No matter what is going on in his life, he never complains about anything, his favorite song is ‘I love my life’ by Robbie Williams which says it all.”

Darren is ideally looking to get a shirt signed by an English player and has said he’s more than happy to buy it for him, but at best to find one that sells one or is willing to give it up.




Being a Manchester United fan as well, if he can get a player from that team to play for England that would mean everything to Mark.

“We’ve been friends for about thirty-five years,” Darren said, “and when I bring him home from his hospice, I come home and break my heart because I don’t want to do it in front of him.

“On the weekends he dressed in a suit and we went to the Mount Edgcumbe cafe for coffee because at the moment he can’t eat anything.”

As the England team are one of his greatest loves, although Darren said he was not very good at emailing, he did manage to email the English Football Association to get a signed shirt and felt disappointed with the response.

But they responded by saying that they couldn’t due to having already chosen charity for this year and that they weren’t able to help more. However, Darren is working hard to get a signed soccer jersey for his best friend for his last wish.

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