Wrestlers set to gather for charity football match in honour of Sheffield grappler

Kris Travis.
Kris Travis.

Stars from the world of professional wrestling will gather for a charity football match in honour of a Sheffield wrestler who lost his life to cancer.

Soccer and Spandex is an annual event set up in the name of city resident and wrestler Kris 'The Shooting Star' Travis, who died of cancer last year aged just 32.

Kris Travis.

Kris Travis.

Sadly Kris died before the first event took place last year - which raised £2500 for his favourite charity Cavendish Cancer Care and his family.

And now organisers have said the fundraising match will return to the Hillsborough Arena on Saturday, July 8. Members of the World of Sport Wrestling and British Wrestling Superstars will go head to head during the match.

Event organiser Dean Mitchell said: "The main aim is to raise money for two chosen charities of which both hold a close affection to Kris and his family.

"The two charities are Cavendish Cancer Care who are self-funded and only receives NHS help for two weeks of the year and they looked after Kris throughout his two battles with cancer and since Kris announced he had this terrible disease it seems all of British wrestling and beyond have taken Cavendish as there own charity to raise money for.

"The other charity is The Sheffield Children’s Hospital as its probably known as the one place where every Sheffield person has been at some point in their lives and this was a charity close to Kris’s heart as well."

Wrestlers such as WWE UK tournament stars Tyson T Bone and Joseph Conners will be taking part. In addition, there will be a charity auction and raffle.

Despite having surgery to remove a stomach tumour and undergoing 18 weeks of chemotherapy, Kris made a comeback in the ring last year to the delight of his fans.

But one month after his return match he retired for good as his cancer battle continued and he died last year.