Town stars get their kit off for charity caldendar

Players from FC Halifax Town have been in fine form on the pitch this season, but now they're strutting their stuff off it too.

A new topless calendar for 2011 featuring the stars of the Shay goes on sale this week.

Some of the proceeds will go towards charity Arthritis UK following the deaths of two of Town's most committed fans.

Alan Potter and Allan Baker died on December 3 and 4 respectively. They supported Town for more than 35 years.

Arthritus UK was a cause that Alan Potter had raised money for in conjunction with FC Halifax previously.

The rest of the money raised will go towards the running of the club.

Midfielder Tom Baker, featured in the calendar as the face of January and said that, despite its light-hearted presentation, the message behind the calendar was important.

"Bearing all in front of the cameras for those close ups would be a bit nerve-wracking for anyone and we're no different, but once we were told about the cause behind it we were keen to lend our support. Alan and Allan were very popular at the club as well as being much-loved and dedicated fans, so it was great to be able to take part in their memory," he said.

The team's manager, Neil Aspin added: "The team is doing an incredible job on the pitch following last season's promotion and to be honest it was great that we could give something back to our fans and of course a very worthwhile charity."

The calendar is on sale at 10 and is available at the FC Halifax Town club shop on match days or by contacting Pete Stajic on 07852 207635.

Town are currently nine points clear at the top of the Evostick Premier League.