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Francis Benali The Man For Whom The Word Respect Was Invented.
Tuesday, 7th May 2019 09:03

Francis Benali has just completed five Iron Man Challenges in a week, for most people in this World completing one in a lifetime would be enough. He is agonisingly close to his target for charity, help push him over the line

Francis Benali set out to do seven Iron Man's in a week as the third and for his health hopefully the last in a trilogy of punishing schedules aimed at raising £1 million pounds for Cancer Research UK, he now stands around £25,000 short of that target after this third challenge that to be blunt has almost killed him.

Most Saints fans have nothing but total respect for Francis Benali, not only for what he did on the pitch for the team during his long playing career, but for the way he has conducted himself since finishing playing and how he had set himself the task of raising £1 million for Cancer Research.

Now here is the Bob Geldof moment, fine words about Francis mean nothing, he has battled through the pain barrier in order to help others, the true reward for a man like Franny is not back patting but seeing that target smashed and Cancer Research receiving vita funding.

Francis Benali has never sought personal glory and that is the case now, if you want to truly praise him and congratulate him then put your hand in your pocket.

It is that close that the total needed to reach his goal is only 66p per Saints fan attending St Mary's on Sunday for the Huddersfield, that shows that every donation counts, if all you can afford is 20p then put that in.

As the headline says the word RESPECT could have been invented for Francis Benali, this morning he will be feeling a nagging feeling in his stomach as he said he was going to do 7 Iron Mans but only did 5, lets all show him that we care and respect him and there is only one way to do that as Bob Geldof once famously said.

"Get you're F****** money out"

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benalisbroom added 15:34 - May 7
Pride of the South.
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Boris1977 added 16:58 - May 7
My favourite player growing up and my admiration for this incredible gent is now off the scale. No amount of adjectives can emphasise what Franny has accomplished over the last 3 challenges. I'm pround of him as a Saint and what he has achieved in raising awareness and money for this charity.

Be a nice touch if the club contribute a £1 from each person through the turnstile on Sunday - or maybe the whole gate receipts.
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A1079 added 17:38 - May 7
Huge respect for him and his tremendous effort and work. If, between us and the club we cannot do something to make sure he meets or exceeds his target at the weekend then it will be a disappointing reflection on all of us associated with SFC.

I cannot help feeling that had this been a former player from one of the top 6 it would have had major media coverage.
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Manwithnoname added 19:48 - May 7
Followed Franny and his team as they went through Rowlands Castle and onto Waterlooville, total respect and admiration for all involved.
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NewburySaint added 13:26 - May 8
Obviously we don't know what, or even not, SFC have donated because i don't ever recall them saying publicly they have donated a sum (and i'm sure they would've donated previously) but, as it stands now, the total is at £987+ so surely SFC can do something, even stating so publicly, to help this LEGEND smash his target.
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LoisDeem added 15:02 - May 8
Might be why a £33 seat (Wolves) is £40 for the visit of Huddersfield?!
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Boris1977 added 08:47 - May 9
Just checked the iron Fran website and he's gone through the £1,000,000 target. Excellent stuff
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