Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:44 PM
Okay, here is my list (yes, yes I know Godot, I plead guilty to liking lists!) of footballers/football related people who are plain darn ill. There's enough here for a whole team on the DDP - in fact, probably two (though there's already one anyway).
Bobby Moncur - 63, ex-Newcastle, Sunderland, Scotland - colon cancer - obit assured.
Gary Kelly - 41, ex-Oldham & Bury - cancer - obit possible, but not assured
Ernie Cooksey - 27, ex Oldham, Rochdale & Boston - skin cancer - obit probable
Sir Bobby Robson - 75, ex-England manager & player etc. etc - lung cancer - obit assured
Peter Jackson - 47, current Lincoln City manager - throat cancer - obit assured
Eddie Thompson - 68, Dundee United chairman - terminal bone cancer - obit assured
Tommy Burns - 51, ex Celtic & Scotland player, ex Celtic boss - skin cancer - obit assured
Alan Kelly - 71, ex Preston & Ireland - dad of Gary - cancer - obit most probable
Paul Canoville - 46 - ex Chelsea & Reading (first black player for Chelsea) - cancer twice - obit assured
Paul Madeley - 63 - ex Leeds & England - Parkinson's amongst many other ailments - obit assured
Ray Kennedy - 56 - ex Liverpool, Arsenal & England - long-time Parkinson's - obit assured
Peter Broadbent - 74, ex-England & Wolves - Alzheimers - obit assured
Other Illnesses - all obits assured bar Zajec, which is most probable cos of Pompey links
Malcolm Allison - 80, ex Man City boss - past alcoholism & respiratory problems (only has one lung)
Eddie Turnbull - 85, ex Hibs & Scotland - two strokes in past
Sammy Cox - 84, ex Rangers & Scotland - very fat & heart probs
John Neal - 76, ex Chelsea & Middlesbrough boss - heart problems
Khaliliou Fadiga - 33, ex Bolton & Senegal - major heart problems
Paul Gascoigne - 40, ex Newcastle, Spurs & England - loopy as a fruitcake, drinker, HIV??
Diego Maradona - 47 - ex Argentina - fat & drugs & loopy
Velimir Zajec - 52 - ex Yugoslavia player, ex-Pompey boss - believed to have motor neurone disease?? (Not 100% certain, but that's why I took a risk with him on the 2008 DDP)
Brookes Mileson - 60, ex-Chairman of Gretna - brain infection, cancer, serious stomach problems
Not Ill But Old - again, all obits assured
Gil Merrick - 86, ex Birmingham & England - remarried in 2008 so might be okay for now....
Francisco Varallo - 98, ex-Argentina, played in 1st World Cup final. Seems well for age.
Sir Tom Finney - 86, ex-Preston & England - one of greatest living footballers. Seems well.
Nat Lofthouse - 82, ex-Bolton & England - okay health, but has looked very frail in recent years
Phil Taylor - 90, ex Liverpool manager, England player - good health for age. Oldest ex-England player
Bert Williams - 88, ex-Wolves & England - appears well for age.
Ivor Broadis - 86, ex-Carlisle, Sunderland & England - okay for age, but noticeably frailer
Bill Foulkes 76 - ex Manchester Utd & England - looked incredibly frail at Munich 50th anniversary
I know there's others I've forgotten & others that could be added yet - certainly plenty to choose from...