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    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

Welcome to The Athletic's home of audio documentaries and special interview series from across the world of football.

    Geoff Thomas - from three months to live, to riding the Tour de France

    Geoff Thomas - from three months to live, to riding the Tour de France

    Former Crystal Palace, Wolves and England midfielder Geoff Thomas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2003 and was given just three months to live - this is the story of how he overcame that diagnosis and dedicated his life to raising vital money to raise awareness of and help find a cure for the disease.
    This conversation with Kelly Cates details Geoff's amazing story, from how that moment changed his life forever, how a crucial stem cell transplant saved him, and how he now rides the entire Tour de France every year in aid of raising funds and awareness.
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    • 37 min
    Luke Chadwick on how public abuse affected his mental health

    Luke Chadwick on how public abuse affected his mental health

    Luke Chadwick broke into the Manchester United first team in 1999 aged just 19, he was the latest fledging talent from the United academy production line, but despite his promising impact on the pitch he quickly found himself the butt of a series of cruel jokes about his appearance
    In this episode Luke talks to Kelly Cates and Geoff Thomas about why it took him twenty years to speak openly about how this affected him and how important it is to speak up and be open about your mental health.

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    In 2003, former Crystal Palace and England midfielder Geoff Thomas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia and given three months to live.

    After a stem cell transplant he overcame the disease and has spent the last twenty years raising money for vital research and funding.

    In this series Kelly Cates and Geoff Thomas talk to footballers who have also overcome life-changing moments of adversity.
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    • 50 min
    Troy Townsend on the death of his son Kurtis and learning to deal with grief

    Troy Townsend on the death of his son Kurtis and learning to deal with grief

    Troy Townsend, head of development at Kick It Out, sits down with Kelly Cates and Geoff Thomas to discuss the death of his son Kurtis in a car accident in 2001 and how he and his family coped with the tragedy.
    Troy is father to six children, including Kurtis and current Everton midfielder Andros, and in this conversation he speaks honestly and emotionally about his relationships with them, and how over twenty years later he is still learning to deal with grief.
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    • 52 min
    Rebuilding Sean Highdale - surviving a coma and making it to the Paralympics

    Rebuilding Sean Highdale - surviving a coma and making it to the Paralympics

    As a 17-year-old Sean Highdale had signed professional terms with Liverpool and looked set to follow in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher into the first team, but in 2008 a car crash changed everything, sending him into a coma and killing two of his friends.
    This is the story of his journey back from life threatening injuries including a broken neck, a shattered knee and a kidney removal, to once again playing football as a professional and how in 2016 he unexpectedly found himself representing Paralympics GB at the 2016 games in Rio.
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    In 2003, former Crystal Palace and England midfielder Geoff Thomas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia and given three months to live.
    After a stem cell transplant he overcame the disease and has spent the last twenty years raising money for vital research and funding.
    In this series Kelly Cates and Geoff Thomas talk to footballers who have also overcome life-changing moments of adversity.
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    • 42 min
    Paul Stewart on the sexual abuse he suffered as a youth player

    Paul Stewart on the sexual abuse he suffered as a youth player

    In 2016 former Tottenham, Liverpool and England midfielder Paul Stewart made the decision to open up about the sexual abuse he suffered from a youth-team coach when he was a young footballer. For more than 40 years, Paul had done whatever he could to suppress or even erase the thoughts and images that haunted him.
    In this episode, Paul discusses how it has impacted his life and how he's trying to prevent it happening again.
    Before you begin this podcast we want to let you know that this episode contains detailed discussion of child sexual abuse and trauma. If you’re a victim of sexual abuse of or have been affected by it and would like to talk to someone confidentially you can call 0808 800 5000,
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    • 54 min
    Sol Bamba - from cancer diagnosis to Cardiff return in five months

    Sol Bamba - from cancer diagnosis to Cardiff return in five months

    Former Cardiff and current Middlesbrough defender Sol Bamba was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in January 2021
    Still at Cardiff at the time, he quickly underwent gruelling chemotherapy but managed to come through it and make his return to the pitch in the final minutes of the 2020/21 season - this conversation is the story of that journey and how it has changed his outlook on life for the better.
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    In 2003, former Crystal Palace and England midfielder Geoff Thomas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia and given three months to live.
    After a stem cell transplant he overcame the disease and has spent the last twenty years raising money for vital research and funding.
    In this series Kelly Cates and Geoff Thomas talk to footballers who have also overcome life-changing moments of adversity.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

danielbartolini ,

Insightful, fun, and so well made.

Series 1 about the current plight of Newcastle is really good. So many little nuggets that get woven together to paint a picture of head-scratching management.

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