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In a middle weekend of last month’s poem-a-day jobbie, came a challenge that at first made me mad. Enough to want to bail, really. A craziness of composing… 568 more words

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PFA want to be trailblazers of mental health in football

“This time of year is when the phone calls start. When players don’t have a contract or a club and can’t pay their mortgage, that is when the depression stuff begins.” 1,402 more words


Golden opportunity: Wales are leading the way for Euro glory

By Jamie Thomas.

Wales are in pole position to qualify for Euro 2016 after their emphatic victory over Israel. The current crop could prove they are the golden generation if they create history by reaching their first major tournament since 1958. 489 more words


Mental Health in Football - Why We Need To Keep Talking

It’s with caution and an admittance of fear that I begin this particular piece.  Like so many of us, the issue of mental health is one I struggle to know exactly how to handle or address – firstly, because I’m acutely aware of my own ignorance of the area and, secondly, because I would hate, under any circumstances, to offend anyone suffering mental health issues.   629 more words


"Suicidal" Former Leeds Star Clarke Carlisle May Offer Hope and Help to Others - by Rob Atkinson

The revelation – or confirmation, rather – that former footballer, PFA Chairman, media pundit and TV Countdown star Clarke Carlisle was actually attempting suicide when he was hit by a lorry on the A64 just before Christmas, comes as a salutary reminder of some uncomfortable factors in any life. 1,405 more words


Finding a Light in the Midst of Darkness

For a moment – just a moment, I promise – please stop what you are doing. Take yourself back to this morning when you woke up. 1,429 more words


Gary Speed remembered: Footballing great died three years ago today

This article is published at http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/gary-speed-remembered-footballing-great-died-three-years-ago-today-9888604.html

Three years ago today, November 27 2011, news broke of Wales legend Gary Speed being found dead in his home; news that left the footballing world shocked. 984 more words