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Dementia campaign will come too late for Hammers

The family of 1966 World Cup winner Nobby Stiles says football needs to “address the scandal” of dementia in the game.

And they criticised the Professional Footballers’ Association, saying there had been a lack of support for players.

Stiles is the fifth member of England’s World Cup-winning squad to have been diagnosed with dementia.

Previous research has shown that ex-footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than the general population.

Hammer Martin Peters, who played alongside Hurst for England and West Ham sadly lost his battle with the disease and passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2019.

Hammer Dave Sexton who made 77 appearances in claret and blue between 1953 and 1956 also lost his battle with dementia at 82 years of age in 2012.

Yesterday the Daily Mail launched a campaign to tackle football’s dementia scandal with a call for immediate action amid a growing number of former players affected by brain disease

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Dementia campaign will come too late for Hammers

  1. A terrible terrible way to end one’s life – both for the person himself but also for family . Is it because of repeated use of the head – or is there any other possible cause

    • My late wife died as a result of it in part bless her heart. Never headed a ball in her life. Excuse the personal note

    • They claim footballers are three times more likely to suffer from this disease but more research is required to understand the effect of heading balls.

      American football had a similar issue with continuous head butting that happens in their game. The PFA needs to up their game

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