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Tony Parkes

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by ashtonlongsider » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:51 am

That was one brutally honest interview by Tony Parkes daughter. Certainly highlighted the impact Alzheimers has on the individual and how it impacts the family. Mirrored how Tony always used to come across in interviews, with integrity and openness. A player and man I respect greatly despite his connections with our great rivals.
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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by mdd2 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:52 am

Dreadful and again another footballer dementing in his late 60's early 70's, much younger than when a majority get this cursed illness

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by martin_p » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:34 am

So sad. One of the Rovers legends who I always had a lot of respect for. When you see something like that football rivalries are put aside and I wish Tony and his family all the best.
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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Steve-Harpers-perm » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:39 am

Sad to hear. A horrible disease for a family to deal with.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by beddie » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:46 am

It's absolutely dreadful. I feel so sorry for Tony Parkes. Thank goodness he has such a wonderful caring daughter by his side. Let's hope he gets the support he needs right now.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Dy1geo » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:48 am

mdd2 wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:52 am
Dreadful and again another footballer dementing in his late 60's early 70's, much younger than when a majority get this cursed illness
It does seem to be the case that this is happening, I listened to a specialist on a radio programme and she said dementia of which there are many types affect approximately 2% of those aged 70 and it doubles every 5 years to affect 1 in 3 for those aged 90. So if ex pro’s are getting the illness in greater numbers the FA should look at supporting these families as a gesture of goodwill because if one day they lose a lawsuit, it will open the floodgates for others to claim, the game as we know will change with heading banned.

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Post by mdd2 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:06 am

I would have thought a review of cases and who are affected would shed some light on a possible link. Goalkeepers less likely to have repeated bangs on the head as rarely head the ball and do they have less problems? Also some evidence about contact sports and motor neurone disease which may be equally worrying. The study I read single out American football and soccer but there are a few rugby players also affected by MND. Theory puts the risks down to repeated head and neck injuries.As the incidence of MND is only about 1 in 50000 working that out may be difficult, but the days of soccer as we know it maybe numbered.

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Post by Tricky Trevor » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:22 am

Full respect to Tony Parkes and family.

IMO far too much emphasise is being put on heading the ball as a primary cause and not enough on head to head and elbow to head clashes.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Funkydrummer » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:46 am

How on earth did she hold it together in that interview ? She clearly has a great
love for her dad and she has the memories even though her dad is losing them.

Football rivalry is one thing, but love of your fellow man must overcome those
petty squabbles and differences in times such as these.

Tony, I wish you, your family and your friends all my best wishes and strength to deal with this dreadful,
dreadful illness.

Smashing fellah.
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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Lord Beamish » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:59 am

Proper lump in your throat stuff. Rivalry aside, I’ve always liked Tony Parkes. Such a shame.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Steve1956 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:33 am

Funkydrummer wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:46 am
How on earth did she hold it together in that interview ? She clearly has a great
love for her dad and she has the memories even though her dad is losing them.

Football rivalry is one thing, but love of your fellow man must overcome those
petty squabbles and differences in times such as these.

Tony, I wish you, your family and your friends all my best wishes and strength to deal with this dreadful,
dreadful illness.

Smashing fellah.
Lovely post Funky...i echo your sentiments
All the best Tony.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by tim_noone » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:02 am

Tricky Trevor wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:22 am
Full respect to Tony Parkes and family.

IMO far too much emphasise is being put on heading the ball as a primary cause and not enough on head to head and elbow to head clashes.
I'm aware of a top top Lady...Burnley supporter friend and family orientated...never headed a ball only from the stands like we all do... Only young.can't state enough how Lovely she is along with her Husband who as also been seriously ILL for 3 or 4 years. She's worked in the medical profession all her Life caring for others mine included.always a hug n kiss when she'd see you at a game.ill miss that! I'm gutted for her ..husband and family ...but wish them well.
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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Clarets4me » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:42 am

Whilst not the same condition, my Dad has vascular dementia, which shows similar symptoms and it's very hard watching an intelligent, quick witted man now struggle to remember his age, what he had for breakfast, or where his car is ( Sold 6 months ago ).
Every sympathy and best wishes go to Tony Parkes and his family, he seems very blessed to have his daughter at his side, as she clearly adores him.

Good luck, Tony !!
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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Claret Till I Die » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:18 pm

A truly awful disease that is affecting so many families.
Hope you keep your dignity for a long time yet Tony.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by basil6345789 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:20 pm

So sad. What a superb club man he was. Thoughts for the family.

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Post by Wile E Coyote » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:33 pm

That is very tough to watch, so sad. Heartbreaking to hear his daughter describe losing him as a person.
Served his club with great loyalty on many occasions.
Tragic to witness someones personality disappear along with the cherished memories.
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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by dushanbe » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:16 pm

Poor Tony, he stepped into the breach for Rovers many times and its awful that he is losing those memories of a life well lived and a long career. Hope he gets the support he needs.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Spike » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:31 pm

Yes very sad would never wish that on any of that shower least of all Parkes

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Sausage » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:31 pm

That's a tough watch. Time to put rivalries aside and give credit to a man who loved his football club and to a daughter who must be going through incredible agonies watching her dad slip away. I genuinely wish them all the very best.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by ClaretTony » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:25 pm

I've just seen this news. Like Natalie is doing now, I lived through this horrible, horrible illness with my dad who passed away at 67, younger than I am now, after suffering for a number of years.

My heart goes out to them.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by JohnMac » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:52 pm

He is an absolute legend in his service to Rovers. No time for petty sillyness when you read this very sad story.
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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by THEWELLERNUT70 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:38 pm

That's a heart wrenching watch :(

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Post by aclaretinstevenage » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:11 pm

tim_noone wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:02 am
I'm aware of a top top Lady...Burnley supporter friend and family orientated...never headed a ball only from the stands like we all do... Only young.can't state enough how Lovely she is along with her Husband who as also been seriously ILL for 3 or 4 years. She's worked in the medical profession all her Life caring for others mine included.always a hug n kiss when she'd see you at a game.ill miss that! I'm gutted for her ..husband and family ...but wish them well.
Tim-noone, while I don't know you from what you have written I believe I know the family you refer to. They used to live down south, moved back up north twenty or so years ago. The younger son is running the Manchester half marathon to raise funds / awareness of this horrid disease??
If I'm right along with my brother and his brother in-law we have been friends with the family for many many years and are really saddened by the news we received a few weeks ago. Used to call up to their house for a cuppa whenever we drove up to Burnley and are FB friends with them. Lovely lovely family and such a shame.

I also have a golf partner whose mother is deep in the grips of dementia and the impact on the lives of all the family are turned upside down by this.

I wish the Parkes family all strength in dealing with this
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Post by tim_noone » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:28 pm

aclaretinstevenage wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:11 pm
Tim-noone, while I don't know you from what you have written I believe I know the family you refer to. They used to live down south, moved back up north twenty or so years ago. The younger son is running the Manchester half marathon to raise funds / awareness of this horrid disease??
If I'm right along with my brother and his brother in-law we have been friends with the family for many many years and are really saddened by the news we received a few weeks ago. Used to call up to their house for a cuppa whenever we drove up to Burnley and are FB friends with them. Lovely lovely family and such a shame.

I also have a golf partner whose mother is deep in the grips of dementia and the impact on the lives of all the family are turned upside down by this.

I wish the Parkes family all strength in dealing with this
They sat / sit in James mac upper...there is a connection to fund raising I believe but I'm not on F.Book. just hoping for the best.

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Post by aclaretinstevenage » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:32 pm

tim_noone wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:28 pm
They sat / sit in James mac upper...there is a connection to fund raising I believe but I'm not on F.Book. just hoping for the best.
Yes,and Husband was a driving instructor! Such a shame after his own recent struggles and just got the all clear before this.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Im_not_Robbie_Blake » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:01 pm

Went through it with my dad too. It's just heartbreaking to see a person gradually leave. Tony is one of the good guys, but that disease is indiscriminate in who it attacks. Could be any of us. Much love to Natalie and Tony.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by bfcjg » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:58 pm

It's a stain on this country that dementia sufferers have in the main to sell houses to pay for care and you are lucky to find a bed for them. I've had it with parents and in laws it's dreadful . Folk in the care industry deserve proper pay and conditions care home owners should get funded by the state for every patient.
I can only echo what others have said about Tony Parkes and his family.
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Post by tim_noone » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:08 pm

aclaretinstevenage wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:32 pm
Yes,and Husband was a driving instructor! Such a shame after his own recent struggles and just got the all clear before this.
Yes.....on a day of crappy news my young 20 oddish neighbour's just introduced himself after moving in the flat next door to me apologising about any noise he might be making or his two year old ...... then told me he had terminal cancer....shock is an understatement.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by JohnDearyMe » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:02 pm

bfcjg wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:58 pm
It's a stain on this country that dementia sufferers have in the main to sell houses to pay for care and you are lucky to find a bed for them. I've had it with parents and in laws it's dreadful . Folk in the care industry deserve proper pay and conditions care home owners should get funded by the state for every patient.
I can only echo what others have said about Tony Parkes and his family.
Well said, fully agree

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Post by AngleseyClaret » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:47 pm

I have worked with Tony and I can honestly say that he was probably the best coach I ever worked with, I am devastated to hear this news, rivalry apart I know that all clarets will be shocked by this news.
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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by ClaretTony » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:03 pm

I've just watched it again and it is those words close to the end of the interview when his daughter says: "I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that I lost my dad before Christmas." That is one of the hardest things you have to deal with, knowing the man is no longer your dad, just someone different who needs your help.

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Re: Tony Parkes

Post by Wile E Coyote » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:28 pm

its such a cruel condition, you recognise the person you love, but they have lost you, such a hard thing for families to come to terms with. A ******* of a thing.

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