Can ‘Speedo man’ lose weight for charity months after his beer belly went viral?

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Stoke City fan Tyrone Sidley has set himself a New Year weight loss challenge – months after his ‘beer belly’ went viral when he turned up at a match in just his Speedos.

The 21-year-old – who tips the scales at 18 stone – became a cult hero after he wore just swimming trunks, a snorkel and flippers in the away end at St Mary’s Stadium when the Potters took on Southampton last season.

He had been dared by both Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam to complete the stunt in return for their match-worn shirts.

'Speedo Man' Tyrone Sidley - one of Stoke City's more colourful travelling fans.
‘Speedo Man’ Tyrone Sidley – one of Stoke City’s more colourful travelling fans.

But despite being body confident, Tyrone is now determined to cut out all junk food and shape up in 2018.

He has been inspired to start the health kick by fellow Stoke supporter and close friend Danny McCoy.

Together they are being sponsored to drop four stone between them by the end of the month to help raise funds for cancer charities.

Tyrone wore a pair of Speedos to get a signed Peter Crouch shirt from the man himself

They were inspired to take on the challenge after Danny’s mum was diagnosed with cancer.

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Apprentice electrician Tyrone, of Sandford Hill, said: “I have been a big lad for a long time and when you go away games there is drinking and eating involved so I will have to monitor that.

“Danny came up with the idea after his mum was diagnosed and I am happy to be a part of it.

“If I lose too much weight my trunks might be too big for me!”

Tyrone Sidley and Danny McCoy will follow a strict diet – and try and avoid matchday temptations

Danny, has been moved to raise the funds after his mum Sue McCoy was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus six months ago.

The 60-year-old, who has three grandchildren, has been undergoing regular radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Danny, aged 34, of Stoke, admits the lure of burgers when they head off to watch their beloved Potters will be a big test as they try to trim down.

The pair want to lose four stone between them

He said: “It was a shock when I found out my mum had cancer but she’s getting the right treatment now.

“I want to do something positive. I’ve made some mistakes in the past and I want to do something for charity.

Sue McCoy is currently fighting cancer
Sue McCoy is currently fighting cancer

“We are aiming to lose the weight in January and we are confident we can do it.”

Danny – who currently weighs around 17 stone – added: “I know people drink at the football but I don’t. My downfall is takeaways and I just love my food.

“But I have a plan for us to follow and I am ready.”

To donate to the cause visit the Just Giving page here.



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