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1 hour ago, Koke said:

Didn't know where to put this but randomly came across our goals in 06/07. Grim times but worth a watch for nostalgic purposes. 

 

Highlight of that season was beating Coventry 3-0 at home. Preston away where Nils Eric Johansson scored a 90th minute winner. Scenes in the away end, some large fella jumped on my back, and my back has been broken ever since.  Lost 1-4 to Sheff Wednesday. 

 

Players who played for that time nclude Danny Cademarteri, Geoff Horsefield, Jason Jarrett, James Wesolowski (Aussie Ndidi) and Alan Sheeran

 

 

Enjoyed that. Must be nostalgia talking but I did actually quite like that team. Stearman, Elvis Hammond, Andy Johnson, Tiatto, Hume, Fryatt, Josh Low, Johanson. 

One thing I did notice is how many goals from set pieces we scored. No surprise with Stearman, McCauley (especially) and McCarthy all playing. All could attack  the ball well. Kisnorbo too. 

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10 hours ago, TJB-fox said:

Enjoyed that. Must be nostalgia talking but I did actually quite like that team. Stearman, Elvis Hammond, Andy Johnson, Tiatto, Hume, Fryatt, Josh Low, Johanson. 

One thing I did notice is how many goals from set pieces we scored. No surprise with Stearman, McCauley (especially) and McCarthy all playing. All could attack  the ball well. Kisnorbo too. 

The amount of headers aswell. If you notice though these days we hardly cross a ball

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12 hours ago, Koke said:

Didn't know where to put this but randomly came across our goals in 06/07. Grim times but worth a watch for nostalgic purposes. 

 

Highlight of that season was beating Coventry 3-0 at home. Preston away where Nils Eric Johansson scored a 90th minute winner. Scenes in the away end, some large fella jumped on my back, and my back has been broken ever since.  Lost 1-4 to Sheff Wednesday. 

 

Players who played for that time nclude Danny Cademarteri, Geoff Horsefield, Jason Jarrett, James Wesolowski (Aussie Ndidi) and Alan Sheeran

 

 

Thanks for sharing, I was hooked 19 seconds in with Josh Low's cross hahaha

 

We've come a long, long way from them days.  Great memories

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4 minutes ago, moore_94 said:

Good article on The Athletic, interview with Gary Taylor-Fletcher about the jibes about his weight affecting his mental health, going into coaching, and about his time at Leicester

 

 

 

Why was he even getting abuse? Seems like the most inoffensive player. 

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4 minutes ago, moore_94 said:

Good article on The Athletic, interview with Gary Taylor-Fletcher about the jibes about his weight affecting his mental health, going into coaching, and about his time at Leicester

 

 

Hopefully will shut some of the middle aged men on here giving him dogs abuse when they probably couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath..

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3 minutes ago, Koke said:

 

Why was he even getting abuse? Seems like the most inoffensive player. 

Just because he was a bit of a bigger built lad, but even he says in the article he wasn’t even fat like a lot of people seemed to think he was, just broad shoulders, stocky build and wore tight shirts

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1 minute ago, DanNDH88 said:

Hopefully will shut some of the middle aged men on here giving him dogs abuse when they probably couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath..

Balding, middle aged men. 

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23 minutes ago, Stuntman_Mike said:

Thanks for sharing, I was hooked 19 seconds in with Josh Low's cross hahaha

 

We've come a long, long way from them days.  Great memories

 

Saw Mohamed Sylla running like an actual fridge and I was hooked. He made 38 appearances for us, can't remember any of them bar maybe 2. 

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18 hours ago, Koke said:

Didn't know where to put this but randomly came across our goals in 06/07. Grim times but worth a watch for nostalgic purposes. 

 

Highlight of that season was beating Coventry 3-0 at home. Preston away where Nils Eric Johansson scored a 90th minute winner. Scenes in the away end, some large fella jumped on my back, and my back has been broken ever since.  Lost 1-4 to Sheff Wednesday. 

 

Players who played for that time nclude Danny Cademarteri, Geoff Horsefield, Jason Jarrett, James Wesolowski (Aussie Ndidi) and Alan Sheeran

 

 

We won 6 home matches that season. 6 out of 23.

 

Even in a season where we were bottom of the league for four months (2014/15) we still managed to win more (7) in fewer games.

 

Shameful record.

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PETER REID: Frank Worthington and I have been pals for years, but now he doesn't know my name... Former star's dementia battle has left his old Bolton team-mate heartbroken - now he calls for Government to review heading's link to the disease

By PETER REID FOR THE DAILY MAIL

PUBLISHED: 22:30, 7 January 2021 | UPDATED: 01:09, 8 January 2021

 

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You don’t really see dementia until it is up close. Then it hits you. 

To me, Frank Worthington was a man of great charisma, larger than life, a true maverick. He had an aura about him. So when I saw him not so long ago, it broke my heart.

Frank and I were friends from our days at Bolton Wanderers. When I visited, he just about recognised me. 

Former Bolton and Leicester star Frank Worthington is one of the many former footballers battling with dementia in later life as a result of their careers in the game
 
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Former Bolton and Leicester star Frank Worthington is one of the many former footballers battling with dementia in later life as a result of their careers in the game

‘Hello young man,’ he said. I didn’t mind, after all I’m 64 and he’s 72, but he wasn’t so sure about my name. It was hard, really hard, to see.

In 1977, when Frank signed for Bolton, the manager Ian Greaves called me into his office and said: ‘Look after Frank for me, we’ve put him in a hotel on Beaumont Road, show him round the town, make him feel at home.’ 

Three weeks later, the boss called me in and said: ‘You’re mixing too much with that bloody Frank Worthington, he’s a bad influence!’

Frank was a showman. A tough, brilliantly skilful footballer. People still marvel at the ‘Goal of the Season’ he scored against a very good Ipswich Town team in 1979. 

That was the season he won the Golden Boot, scoring 24 goals. Frank was the man who when he failed a medical at Liverpool because of high blood pressure, Bill Shankly sent him on holiday to Majorca to rest. Trouble was Frank partied so much when he was there that when he came back his blood pressure was higher.

Worthington (seen far left, middle) celebrates winning promotion with Bolton Wanderers as Peter Reid can be seen on the floor (bottom right, between Sam Allardyce and Ian Greaves)
 
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Worthington (seen far left, middle) celebrates winning promotion with Bolton Wanderers as Peter Reid can be seen on the floor (bottom right, between Sam Allardyce and Ian Greaves)

Worthington crafted his reputation in the white shirt
 
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Reid during his Bolton days at the team photoshoot
 
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Worthington (L) and Reid (R) wearing the famous white of Bolton during the team photoshoot

He would turn up at training in cowboy boots, purple trousers and Hawaiian shirts.

He persuaded Willie Morgan, Mike Walsh and me to go to an Elvis convention in Blackpool once and he was in his element. He was up on stage singing Suspicious Minds. I can hear it now: ‘We’re caught in a trap...’ You would think he was Elvis, he was that good. He loved Elvis. 

We went on a tour to Germany and Frank’s Elvis cassette tape was on non-stop. Fed up, manager Greaves threw it out the window and Frank didn’t speak to the boss for a week.

To go through those fun times and see him now, it floored me.

Frank fought against being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He put it down to memory lapses like we all have but I think the signs became more obvious when he was on the after-dinner circuit and began repeating his stories. 

His daughter Kim recognised it and seeing that deterioration in someone, someone so larger than life, is heartbreaking.

What has happened to Frank hit home.

It is not that I’ve been blind to this. I used to love conversations with the great Nat Lofthouse but he would forget his words and that was when I first started to wonder about it. 

As an avid Elvis Presley fan Worthington simply loved to entertain and put on a show
 
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As an avid Elvis Presley fan Worthington simply loved to entertain and put on a show

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John Stiles would talk about his father Nobby not being well and Ian St John, one of my idols growing up, would talk about how poorly Ron Yeats was. People would just say, ‘Oh he’s not doing too well’, they either couldn’t or wouldn’t label it as dementia for certain.

The obvious links were there with the weight of the old, heavy leather footballs and the greater physical contact but we have been told for so long that the overwhelming medical science didn’t correlate with just heading a ball.

I have played with concussion. Craig Johnston smashed my nose across my face when he was playing for Middlesbrough and I was at Bolton. The physio came on, pushed my nose back into place, squeezed a cold sponge in my face and gave me some smelling salts. Afterwards I soothed the pain with a few pints in the bar. There was no medical support to speak of.

Years later, playing for Manchester City, I clashed heads with Kevin Gage of Aston Villa. Same thing, sniff of the smelling salts. I was running round dizzy for the rest of the game and had a headache. You were encouraged to get on with it. It is what we did as competitive sportsmen.

Now the evidence is more compelling and the diagnoses are more forthcoming. That is why I’m putting my name to demands for the Prime Minister and the Government to urgently review the possible link between heading a ball and neurodegenerative diseases.

Sir Alex Ferguson has recognised that much needs to be done. Man United and England icon Sir Bobby Charlton (right of Ferguson) was diagnosed with dementia late last year
 
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Sir Alex Ferguson has recognised that much needs to be done. Man United and England icon Sir Bobby Charlton (right of Ferguson) was diagnosed with dementia late last year

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It is also imperative that dementia sufferers get adequate support. The danger is we are in a pandemic. Money is scarce, businesses are suffering but a structure could still be put in place. Not just for footballers but rugby players, boxers, anyone afflicted with this cruel disease.

Should Gordon Taylor and the Professional Footballers’ Association have done more? I dare say yes, they should have, but we can all be wise with hindsight.

The PFA are a cash-rich institution. They should be taking greater care of the players and their families who need support. There is enough money in the game and we need to act quickly.

I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We all recognise that so many of our friends and heroes are passing away that we have to do our best for them.

It is all the more painful for families watching over somebody they love dearly yet that person they loved all their lives isn’t really there.

Am I afraid of what could come for myself? I don’t live life that way, worrying about what is to come. I’ve always thought life is for living to the full. That’s how Frank saw it too.

But I’d like to be safe in the knowledge that, if it does come, those around me will be supported.

 
 

Peter Reid was talking to Sportsmail's Simon Jones

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On 07/01/2021 at 12:34, DanNDH88 said:

Hopefully will shut some of the middle aged men on here giving him dogs abuse when they probably couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath..

Its a long flight of stairs, I have asthma and I'm a bit out of shape as there's a pandemic going on.

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On 07/01/2021 at 12:34, DanNDH88 said:

Hopefully will shut some of the middle aged men on here giving him dogs abuse when they probably couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath..

That is how I measure my fitness. None of this Fitbit bollocks. :rolleyes:

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On 07/01/2021 at 12:35, moore_94 said:

Just because he was a bit of a bigger built lad, but even he says in the article he wasn’t even fat like a lot of people seemed to think he was, just broad shoulders, stocky build and wore tight shirts

 

I liked the Pub Cantona, he did a more than steady job for us and seemed a nice enough bloke - but the "tight shirt" comment, come on now, Gaz.

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3 hours ago, Ecdysiast said:

PETER REID: Frank Worthington and I have been pals for years, but now he doesn't know my name... Former star's dementia battle has left his old Bolton team-mate heartbroken - now he calls for Government to review heading's link to the disease

By PETER REID FOR THE DAILY MAIL

PUBLISHED: 22:30, 7 January 2021 | UPDATED: 01:09, 8 January 2021

 

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You don’t really see dementia until it is up close. Then it hits you. 

To me, Frank Worthington was a man of great charisma, larger than life, a true maverick. He had an aura about him. So when I saw him not so long ago, it broke my heart.

Frank and I were friends from our days at Bolton Wanderers. When I visited, he just about recognised me. 

Former Bolton and Leicester star Frank Worthington is one of the many former footballers battling with dementia in later life as a result of their careers in the game
 
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Former Bolton and Leicester star Frank Worthington is one of the many former footballers battling with dementia in later life as a result of their careers in the game

‘Hello young man,’ he said. I didn’t mind, after all I’m 64 and he’s 72, but he wasn’t so sure about my name. It was hard, really hard, to see.

In 1977, when Frank signed for Bolton, the manager Ian Greaves called me into his office and said: ‘Look after Frank for me, we’ve put him in a hotel on Beaumont Road, show him round the town, make him feel at home.’ 

Three weeks later, the boss called me in and said: ‘You’re mixing too much with that bloody Frank Worthington, he’s a bad influence!’

Frank was a showman. A tough, brilliantly skilful footballer. People still marvel at the ‘Goal of the Season’ he scored against a very good Ipswich Town team in 1979. 

That was the season he won the Golden Boot, scoring 24 goals. Frank was the man who when he failed a medical at Liverpool because of high blood pressure, Bill Shankly sent him on holiday to Majorca to rest. Trouble was Frank partied so much when he was there that when he came back his blood pressure was higher.

Worthington (seen far left, middle) celebrates winning promotion with Bolton Wanderers as Peter Reid can be seen on the floor (bottom right, between Sam Allardyce and Ian Greaves)
 
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Worthington (seen far left, middle) celebrates winning promotion with Bolton Wanderers as Peter Reid can be seen on the floor (bottom right, between Sam Allardyce and Ian Greaves)

Worthington crafted his reputation in the white shirt
 
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Reid during his Bolton days at the team photoshoot
 
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Worthington (L) and Reid (R) wearing the famous white of Bolton during the team photoshoot

He would turn up at training in cowboy boots, purple trousers and Hawaiian shirts.

He persuaded Willie Morgan, Mike Walsh and me to go to an Elvis convention in Blackpool once and he was in his element. He was up on stage singing Suspicious Minds. I can hear it now: ‘We’re caught in a trap...’ You would think he was Elvis, he was that good. He loved Elvis. 

We went on a tour to Germany and Frank’s Elvis cassette tape was on non-stop. Fed up, manager Greaves threw it out the window and Frank didn’t speak to the boss for a week.

To go through those fun times and see him now, it floored me.

Frank fought against being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He put it down to memory lapses like we all have but I think the signs became more obvious when he was on the after-dinner circuit and began repeating his stories. 

His daughter Kim recognised it and seeing that deterioration in someone, someone so larger than life, is heartbreaking.

What has happened to Frank hit home.

It is not that I’ve been blind to this. I used to love conversations with the great Nat Lofthouse but he would forget his words and that was when I first started to wonder about it. 

As an avid Elvis Presley fan Worthington simply loved to entertain and put on a show
 
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As an avid Elvis Presley fan Worthington simply loved to entertain and put on a show

37736284-0-image-a-12_1610048036382.jpg
 
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John Stiles would talk about his father Nobby not being well and Ian St John, one of my idols growing up, would talk about how poorly Ron Yeats was. People would just say, ‘Oh he’s not doing too well’, they either couldn’t or wouldn’t label it as dementia for certain.

The obvious links were there with the weight of the old, heavy leather footballs and the greater physical contact but we have been told for so long that the overwhelming medical science didn’t correlate with just heading a ball.

I have played with concussion. Craig Johnston smashed my nose across my face when he was playing for Middlesbrough and I was at Bolton. The physio came on, pushed my nose back into place, squeezed a cold sponge in my face and gave me some smelling salts. Afterwards I soothed the pain with a few pints in the bar. There was no medical support to speak of.

Years later, playing for Manchester City, I clashed heads with Kevin Gage of Aston Villa. Same thing, sniff of the smelling salts. I was running round dizzy for the rest of the game and had a headache. You were encouraged to get on with it. It is what we did as competitive sportsmen.

Now the evidence is more compelling and the diagnoses are more forthcoming. That is why I’m putting my name to demands for the Prime Minister and the Government to urgently review the possible link between heading a ball and neurodegenerative diseases.

Sir Alex Ferguson has recognised that much needs to be done. Man United and England icon Sir Bobby Charlton (right of Ferguson) was diagnosed with dementia late last year
 
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Sir Alex Ferguson has recognised that much needs to be done. Man United and England icon Sir Bobby Charlton (right of Ferguson) was diagnosed with dementia late last year

37741632-9124037-image-a-22_161005906007
 
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It is also imperative that dementia sufferers get adequate support. The danger is we are in a pandemic. Money is scarce, businesses are suffering but a structure could still be put in place. Not just for footballers but rugby players, boxers, anyone afflicted with this cruel disease.

Should Gordon Taylor and the Professional Footballers’ Association have done more? I dare say yes, they should have, but we can all be wise with hindsight.

The PFA are a cash-rich institution. They should be taking greater care of the players and their families who need support. There is enough money in the game and we need to act quickly.

I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We all recognise that so many of our friends and heroes are passing away that we have to do our best for them.

It is all the more painful for families watching over somebody they love dearly yet that person they loved all their lives isn’t really there.

Am I afraid of what could come for myself? I don’t live life that way, worrying about what is to come. I’ve always thought life is for living to the full. That’s how Frank saw it too.

But I’d like to be safe in the knowledge that, if it does come, those around me will be supported.

 
 

Peter Reid was talking to Sportsmail's Simon Jones

Frank was one of the most skilled footballers I have ever had the pleasure to watch playing for LCFC. His book “One hump or two” is a great read, especially funny regarding the two players hiding in his wardrobe!

 

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On 07/01/2021 at 12:35, moore_94 said:

Just because he was a bit of a bigger built lad, but even he says in the article he wasn’t even fat like a lot of people seemed to think he was, just broad shoulders, stocky build and wore tight shirts

Big boned. 

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1 hour ago, baldeagle said:

Cracking interview that you could tell he love Leicester by how upset he was when he left . 

Saw on his Instagram he was suicidal a few months ago and ‘did something stupid’ and there was a picture of what looked like a big cut on his thigh.. could that all be related? 

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36 minutes ago, DanNDH88 said:

Saw on his Instagram he was suicidal a few months ago and ‘did something stupid’ and there was a picture of what looked like a big cut on his thigh.. could that all be related? 

Oh I didn’t know about the suicidal thing I follow him on Instagram. The leg cut was from his operation on his thigh that he spoke about and he’s at St George’s to regain fitness . Also speak a about Rudkin highly 

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