UK time is: 08:26:58
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Geoff Horsfield - My Biggest Battle

My biggest battle - by former Baggies player Geoff Horsfield

Geoff's over the shock - now the fight against testicular cancer begins.

by Ian Clarkson - givemefootball.com

The news that 34-year-old Geoff Horsfield was hanging up his boots after being diagnosed with testicular cancer was devastating but the son of a Yorkshire miner is known for his grit. 'I've got over the shock and I'm gonna beat the sucker!'

Anyone who knows Horsfield will vouch that he is one of the nice guys and despite the fact his world caved in last week, he is facing his challenge head on. For a striker who lived through the miners' strike in his youth and started his career in non-league football with Halifax Town, he has always had to battle against the odds.

'I am going to face whatever battles are ahead,' said Horsfield. 'The fact I have had to retire doesn't bother me one iota as all I was concerned about when I heard the news was my missus and kids. I was lucky enough to live the dream for ten years and play alongside people like Christophe Dugarry and under Kevin Keegan, so I have been lucky.

'I am not going to get embarrassed about the fact I have testicular cancer and I have no doubt that I will get some dressing room stick about it from people who are telling me 'I never had any b******.' I will just laugh it off as I am determined to beat this and carry on with my life.'

However, away from Horsfield's bullish approach to the fight, he admits he has been left in turmoil since being diagnosed with the news. He can draw solace from the fact that both Neil Harris and Alan Stubbs have beaten the disease and the former Wigan, Fulham and Sheffield United star admits he was always aware of the potential dangers.

'On the back of the toilet doors in the changing rooms, there is always a poster saying 'check your balls', which is an awareness campaign for testicular cancer,' continued Horsfield. 'I was lying in the bath about three weeks ago and felt something different in my testicles and spoke to Tina about it straight away. She said it might have been a cyst but to go and get it checked out by a doctor.

'I am still good friend with the doctor at West Bromwich Albion and once he had checked me over he sent me for an ultrasound scan at Little Aston Hospital. However, he told me that if it was on the outside then it was a cyst but if it was on the inside then it was likely to be cancerous. My mind was all over the place as I drove to the hospital and I kept thinking the worst but hoping that everything was going to be all right.

'I told the doctor beforehand that he had to be honest with me after checking me over as I just wanted to know. He told me he had never seen a cyst inside growing out so it was likely to be cancerous. It was a surreal moment and Tina started crying and that was when reality really hit me...'

READ MORE TOMORROW ON GEOFF'S PLANS FOR THE FUTURE AND THE SUPPORT HE HAS RECEIVED FROM FELLOW PROFESSIONALS.

Article republished with kind permission from www.givemefootball.com
Official website of the Professional Footballers' Association.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 14 2008

Time: 6:08PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent West Bromwich Albion Articles

Irvine - Penalty Call Changed The Game (Saturday December 20 2014)

Stats: QPR v WBA (Saturday December 20 2014)

Team Line Ups: QPR v WBA (Saturday December 20 2014)

Burnley Fixture Set For TV Coverage (Friday December 19 2014)

Irvine Sets Albion Goal Challenge (Friday December 19 2014)

Irvine - Brown's Confidence Is Growing (Thursday December 18 2014)

Irvine - Varela's Now On Song (Thursday December 18 2014)

Mixed Injury News Ahead Of QPR (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Archived West Bromwich Albion Articles

List All Vital Baggies Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Q.P.R. 3 - 2 WBA
WBA 1 - 0 Aston Villa
Hull City 0 - 0 WBA
WBA 1 - 2 West Ham
WBA 0 - 1 Arsenal
Chelsea 2 - 0 WBA

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Liverpool 16 6 3 7 -3 21
12. Aston Villa 17 5 5 7 -10 20
13. Stoke 16 5 4 7 -3 19
14. WBA 17 4 5 8 -6 17
15. Q.P.R. 17 5 2 10 -12 17
16. Sunderland 16 2 10 4 -10 16
17. Crystal Palace 17 3 6 8 -8 15

Breaking League News

Pardew In Confident Mood
Sunderland : 21/12/2014 08:04:00
Kevin Phillips Backs Sunderland For A Win.
Sunderland : 21/12/2014 07:48:00
Newcastle vs Sunderland... Draw Likely?
Sunderland : 21/12/2014 07:13:00
Harry Hails Hatrick Hero
Q.P.R. : 20/12/2014 23:12:00
Swansea : 20/12/2014 21:40:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

QPR MotM
Suggested By:  Baggy Boy
Foster 0%
Wisdom 0%
McAuley 0%
Lescott 0%
Pocognoli 0%
Morrison 0%
Dorrans 0%
Sessegnon 0%
Gardner 0%
Varela 0%
Ideye 0%
Sub - Berahino 0%
Sub - Gamboa 0%