A CHARITABLE Wolves supporter from Wordsley is urging his fellow fans to emulate their footballing heroes by taking part in a 24-hour penalty shoot-out.

Lifelong Wanderers fan Steve Plant, author of the popular They Wore The Shirt book, has put together the challenge to raise more than £10,000 for Cure Leukaemia after the club’s goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with the condition last month.

Being held inside Molineux, the event will be opened by goal scoring legend Steve Bull at 10am on Friday, August 4, and will run until 10am the following day when Middlesbrough visit to kick-start the 2017/18 season.

Supporters can donate £5 to take three spot kicks, with a number of special guests set to take part over the 24 hours and ‘on-the-spot’ prizes for the best finishes, trick shots and saves.

‘Top Bins’ are also being fitted – in ‘Soccer AM’ style – and anyone who nestles the ball in one of those will be awarded a certificate and placed in the draw to take a penalty at half-time during a future Wolverhampton Wanderers fixture.

Steve said: “Carl has been at Wolves for more than 14 years, starting off as a young lad at Molineux.

“He’s one of our own and was one of the first players to have a copy of the book I wrote – that’s why the news hit me so hard and spurred me on to do something to help.

“We are hoping more than 500 fans will take part over the 24-hours and we expect more than 2000 penalties to be taken.

“It’s open to all ages so just come along and see if you can put the ball in the net like your heroes Richards, Doogan, Bull, Keane and Dicko have done in the past.”

So far 100 supporters have signed up to take part in the penalty competition, which will take place in Wolfie’s Den at Molineux.

To secure a place to take the three penalties, text CARL24 £5 to 70070 and bring the text receipt along. There will also be the option to pay on the day, but priority will go to those that have text in.

Following the recent announcement that Middlesbrough Academy player Anthony Renton is also suffering from Leukaemia, the decision has been made to open up the challenge to Boro supporters travelling to Molineux.

Ryan Leister, one of a team of volunteers supporting Steve, added: “As supporters, we always think we could do a job on the pitch so here’s a perfect opportunity to prove it whilst raising money for a great cause.

“Judging from social media there are already a number of challenges brewing and we know there will be some high profile head-to-heads.

“We want people to capture these and get involved on Facebook and through twitter, the latter using #pens4kemes. There is even talk of a live 24-hour Periscope feed to catch all of the action.”

The penalty shoot-out challenge, which is being sponsored by Alliance Commercial Finance and B&D Tyres, will be followed by a fun-day on September 2, between noon and 6pm.

It will be held in the WV1 Bar at Molineux and will feature a host of Wolves players from the 70s to the present day, including Kenny Hibbitt, John Richards and members of the current squad.