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Win unique collection of signed Support Stan boards

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Win unique collection of signed Support Stan boards

Stiliyan Petrov will lead out Aston Villa on to the Villa Park pitch one last time following tomorrow's Barclays Premier League game against Chelsea.

The 33-year-old club captain will be joined by his team-mates for the traditional lap of appreciation at the end of our final home game of the season.

The opportunity to show his appreciation to the fans who have provided strong and loyal support during his battle against leukaemia is one that Stan has looked forward to for some time but, out of respect, to his team-mates, he has elected to wait until after the final home game to make this emotional appearance.

"What has excited me most about this season is the way in which this team has grown," he has written in his last captain's notes for the Villa match day programme.

"The group has grown as a team and the players have grown as individuals. This augurs well for the future of the club.

"All of this hard work is beginning to pay off. The levels of performance and commitment have always been high. As a team, we are learning to defend better and this has helped to improve results.

"I firmly believe that players and fans are all looking forward to next season with genuine optimism and that next season Aston Villa will experience a lot of joy."

Stan's appearance will coincide with the completion of a unique collection of boards bearing the signatures from every Premier League team in a fundraising effort for Cure Leukaemia, the Birmingham-based charity dedicated to securing revolutionary drugs as well as funding research nurses to administer trials.

Every team in the Premier League has lent their support to the Support Stan fundraising initiative including newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United, whose board includes the signature of retiring manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

One lucky football fan will win this unique, special prize as part of a competition run by Cure Leukaemia.

The Support Stan campaign is raising money to fund specialist nurses to treat leukaemia patients with drugs that are not available on the NHS.

"The support of Villa fans and the support of football fans all over the country and around the world has helped me a lot during my illness and this is another great initiative which can hopefully raise awareness for a very worthy cause," said Petrov.

"I have learnt a lot about this illness over the past nine months or so and I've learnt about the people it affects and the impact it has on their families and the people they love.

"What we're trying to do is draw people's awareness to this illness and do something practical by raising funds and helping to combat the disease.

"I'm delighted that the cause has been supported by my team-mates and my colleagues throughout the Premier League. It's very touching and the amount of money we raise can make a real difference."

To enter the competition and to donate £5 to this crucial, life-saving work, fans can text STAN 19 £5 to 70070.

After donating via text, fans should also register their details in order for their donation to be eligible for Gift Aid and also to ensure that they can be notified after the draw.

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By @AVFCOfficial 10th May 2013
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