As you might imagine, I get all manner of email traffic, daily. Around the time of the North London derby I am always impressed at the number of different drug and porn offers that various bots try to share with you. Reliable filters generally sort out the worst of it leaving me to sift through various requests for free advertising, your genuine questions, and just now and again something different that grabs the attention.
Those who have joined me for a beer at the Arsenal will know a couple of things about me. I invariably wear my 1971 home shirt, thus confirming my antiquity, and ankylosing spondylitis has decided I am a suitable vessel to leach onto. So when I get a mail asking to help out the charity Arthritis Research with their new ‘Taking the pain out of sport’ campaign, and see that Bob Wilson is participating, I reckon this is worth a quick mention.
Active people are being asked to share their stories of sports pain or injury as leading medical charity Arthritis Research UK seeks new ways to keep people active throughout their lives. The charity wants you to share your experiences of playing sports via a quick survey at www.painoutofsport.org and at the end of the survey you can enter a free prize draw to land £250 worth of Nike vouchers as a thank you for taking part.
I saw on ATvO last week that Bob, the bravest goalkeeper I ever saw, had recently discovered that in a brutal League Cup semi-final with Tottenham in 1969 he had broken his leg, and didn’t know until now! I remember the game with some fondness as we eventually triumphed over two legs, and recall the challenge on him by Alan Gilzean. Not only would it have resulted in a red card these days, but probably a custodial sentence as well.
Anyway Bob, or should I say Mr Wilson OBE, says “Although my playing days are behind me, I still feel the strains of a top-level career which, as a goalkeeper, meant operations on both hips. I wasn’t aware that osteoarthritis could affect me at such a young age when I retired, and this view is shared by many people who aren’t fully informed about the risks of sport on the joints of the body. I am backing this Arthritis Research UK campaign to raise awareness of osteoarthritis as a result of sport, and hope others join me in bring this neglected condition to light.”
My second favourite shirt is my 1971 FA Cup Final goalkeepers shirt. Not the original, obviously, but a copy that brings back memories of Bob’s contribution to that double season. I’m only too pleased to be able to share the charity’s campaign, and news of Bob’s participation, with you. I reckon I know a couple of ‘holics whose professional views will be welcome too. Go for it, all of you, please?
Good Luck With The Recovery Aaron
Whilst the topic of sporting injuries is hot, the club have today announced that Aaron Ramsey is joining Nottingham Forest until the turn of the year. On the face of it this is an excellent deal. The player is likely to see more action with Forest than Arsenal in the coming weeks as he continues his recovery from the Shawcross assault. If all goes well we will have a fully match-fit young talent challenging for a place in the crucial second-half of the season.
Good luck, Aaron.
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