English cricketers have often been called pants down the years. But here’s two Sheffield batting superstars hoping to become better known for their trousers.
Michael Vaughan and Joe Root have donned their brightest bottoms – and the glare is certainly there – for an internet campaign, which looks set to be as big as the so-called no-make-up-selfie.
Sheffield charity enthusiast Terry Giles has launched the Silly Trousers crusade which asks celebrities and ordinary folk alike to post an online picture of themselves in their least fashionable leg-warmers. Participants will include a message asking for people who like their quirky kecks to donate £3 to St Luke’s Hospice.
It follows a similar campaign – the no-make-up-selfie – in which millions across the UK snapped themselves without slap to raise awareness of cancer.
And Vaughan and Root were more than happy to do their bit: the pair lived up to that famous Kipling-coined cricketers’ nickname, flannelled fools, by slipping on something almost as outlandish as a Kevin Pietersen shot.
“They were real sports,” says retired businessman Terry today, himself wearing some bright blue and turquoise kecks (which belong to wife Helen). “I know Michael because I play golf with his dad and have a friend who is friends with Joe.
“I asked them to pass on the message about what we were doing and both sent in pictures within 24 hours. We’re hoping with that kind of support this will really take off. At the end of the day it’s a bit of fun for a great cause.”
The concept – like so many great ideas – came about on the golf course.
As captain of Abbeydale Golf Club, Terry was asked to play in a member’s birthday match where everyone had to turn up in silly trousers.
“I just thought the idea would work online and raise a bit of money. Now we’re just hoping as many people get involved in possible,” he says.
Visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk for link to dedicated Facebook page. Or text DAFT333 to 70070 to donate.