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      Stephen Darby player thread

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      Reply #60: Jul 09, 2012 05:24:19 pm
      Quite pleased with us signing Darby, reading through the posts on here looked like he has a lot of unfulfilled potential, hopefully he has a cracking season with us on our march up the football league.
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      Re: Stephen Darby player thread
      Reply #61: Sep 18, 2018 03:02:51 pm
      Stephen Darby Forced To Retire

      Bolton defender Stephen Darby has announced his retirement from football, aged 29, after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

      The full-back last played in December.

      "I would like to ask for privacy at this time so I can adjust to the battle I have ahead and that I can spend time with those closest to me," he said.

      Darby, married to Manchester City Women and England captain Steph Houghton, began his career at Liverpool after coming through the club's academy.

      "I'd like to take the opportunity to thank my team-mates, manager and all the staff at Bolton for their amazing support at what has been an extremely difficult period," he said.

      MND is a degenerative condition that affects how nerves in the brain and spinal cord function. There is currently no cure.

      After leaving Liverpool, right-back Darby made more than 200 appearances for Bradford City before joining Bolton in July 2017, reuniting with manager Phil Parkinson.

      "This is heartbreaking news for Stephen and his family and the thoughts of everybody at Bolton are very much with him and Steph," Parkinson said.

      A former England Under-19 international, Darby made his senior Liverpool debut against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in 2008, before loan spells with Swindon Town, Notts County and Rochdale.

      He joined Bradford in July 2012 and would eventually captain the Bantams during a five-year spell that included a giant-killing run to the League Cup final and promotion to League One in 2013.

      "The news is absolutely heartbreaking," Bradford chairman Edin Rahic said. "Stephen was a massive part of the club's recent history and his contributions will stay with us forever."

      Darby was also Professional Footballers' Association club delegate while at Bradford and an active member of their management committee.

      "Stephen has been the epitome of a true professional," PFA director of player management Matthew Buck said.

      "I'm sure he will face the future with the same determination and resolve he has shown throughout his football career. Myself and the PFA will continue to support Stephen in his battle ahead."
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      Reply #62: Sep 18, 2018 03:15:18 pm
      Heartbreaking indeed and I feel for him and his family. Hopefully there will be solution to this problem, at least to delay the implications for as long as possible. :(
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      Reply #63: Sep 18, 2018 03:30:23 pm
      Tragic.

      Ran in the Edinburgh Marathon a few years ago for a colleague who’d contracted it.

      Last I heard he was virtually helpless in 5 years.

      Truly devastating.
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      Reply #64: Sep 18, 2018 06:28:27 pm
      Tragic news and for one so young. Speechless
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      Reply #65: Sep 18, 2018 06:54:53 pm
      ALS is a strong disease :( YWNA Darby.
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      Re: Stephen Darby player thread
      Reply #66: Sep 18, 2018 07:19:12 pm
      Terribly sad news for a young man just recently married. Hope he finds a way to cope with what is ahead of him .YNWA
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      Re: Stephen Darby player thread
      Reply #67: Sep 19, 2018 09:29:50 pm
      Posted a message in the Academy thread because I couldn't find this. Really sad to hear about Stephen being diagnosed with what he has, must be very difficult for soneone so athletic to know that this will lead to the deteroriation of his body. Hope the club can help him in any way they can.
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      Reply #68: Sep 19, 2018 09:48:56 pm
      Heartbreaking news. It is everyone's worst fear and worst nightmare and it's even more devastating knowing how young he is. Importantly it also raises the awareness amongst us all that so much needs to be done, so much money and support from all sources should be given to fund research to help find effective treatment and even a cure for this horrible and sickening disease.

      With the support and love of those around him and all of us thousands/millions supporting him he can find comfort. I hope the club and our supporter groups can find a way to look after Stephen and his family.

      YNWA

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      Re: Stephen Darby player thread
      Reply #69: Sep 19, 2018 09:59:23 pm
      I had to double check on the illness its pretty much a s awful as you can get.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_neuron_disease
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      Re: Stephen Darby player thread
      Reply #70: Sep 24, 2018 12:05:05 pm
      Horrible horrible news. My next door neighbour is close to the end with this awful disease. It is in my opinion the most horrible disease that there is. So sad to hear of someone so young to be diagnosed. My neighbour was diagnosed at 46. Steven must not even be 30?
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      Re: Stephen Darby player thread
      Reply #71: Oct 02, 2018 02:35:23 am
      Only just seen this on twitter, superb!

      https://twitter.com/jw_turnock/status/1046463902144516101

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