Adam Stansfield was 31 years old

January 1, 2000

Ken Masters’

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Those of us that were supporting Bristol Rovers in the late seventies and early eighties will remember the likes of the now Premier League manager Ian Holloway playing in a midfield/wing role.

 Phil Kite, Paul Randall, Archie Stephens, Tony Pulis (player/coach), Alan Ball and Keith Curie were also at the club.

So was Mike Barrett, a player who was to be denied a long and doubtless highly successful career. Mike was a very exciting and talented young player with great pace and skill on the ball. He was born in Bristol in 1959 but, sadly, was to be taken from this life in 1984, just a month or so short of his twenty fifth birthday. After struggling in training, Mike was taken to hospital for tests; he died shortly afterwards from cancer. He never saw his son, Liam, who was born to his young wife Louise a mere six weeks after his death.

The present West Country generation continues to produce very good and local football players. Wikipedia is a rich web source for information on most subjects. This is the simple facts taken from the site regarding Adam Stansfield. Adam Stansfield (10 September 1978 -10 August 2010) was an English footballer who played as a striker. He played for Cullompton Rangers, Elmore, Yeovil Town, Hereford United and Exeter City.

Wikipedia goes on to say the following: ‘Stansfield suffered from persistent abdominal pain in the early part of 2010, and was admitted to hospital for tests at the end of March. On 8 April 2010, it was announced that Stansfield had been diagnosed with a form of colorectal cancer, and he underwent surgery to remove part of his colon. The operation was considered a success and Stansfield joined the Exeter squad for the first day of pre season training in July, but his condition deteriorated rapidly and he died on 10 August 2010. As a mark of respect Dagenham & Redbridge FC postponed the game Exeter were due to play against them. His funeral service was held on Wednesday 25 August.

 Adam Stansfield was 31 years old.

Adam’s death has led to the creation of the Adam Stansfield Foundation. The Foundation website has been designed to recognise the aspects of Adam’s life, his football career and also raise awareness on bowel cancer related issues. The Foundation’s aim is to help give young people the opportunity to develop life skills, through the power of football and to assist them in their goals of living the dream.

Many people are giving of themselves to contribute to Adam’s Foundation like Adam Wright a Hereford United fan who is aiming to raise money by visiting all 92 League Football Clubs.

Last October my wife, Gill, underwent a long and difficult operation for bowel disease. Gill’s recovery has been long. She is now well on the road to recovery, and although it has been far from easy we are incredibly relieved and grateful. In celebration of that, and to make my own contribution to Adam’s Foundation, I am taking to the road as well, literally speaking.

 On Wednesday March 30th, with Mike and Adam in my thoughts, I will be leavingthe Bristol Rovers training ground in West Town Lane and walking to Yeovil via Shepton Mallet for our game there on the Saturday April 2nd. Then it will be on to Exeter’s St James Park via Chard and Honiton. After linking up with Adam’s Foundation there I will be back on the road to the Memorial Stadium via Cullompton, Wellington, Taunton, Bridgewater, Highbridge, Weston super Mare and Backwell. I am looking at 180 miles in 10 days. I will be walking between fifteen and twenty miles each day. The aim is to make the home game with Exeter City on April 9th. I hope to raise a good sum for the Foundation and to benefit many children in the West of England.

This is a massive challenge for me and although my training is going really well I am not without thinking of the fact that I will reach my 67th birthday just a month after attempting the journey. I am one of the lucky ones. I am fit and well and I love what I am able to in, and with, my life. My wife is getting well again and we have a son who is our best friend. He also works with children and young people, as I did, and is a massive Rovers fan as I am. I have a great deal to be thankful for.

Please help me. Please walk some way with me if you can, I will enjoy your company. Berkely Coaches of Paulton have kindly donated a mini bus for walk and ride and to carry food and clothing. Please give me a bed for the night if you are on the route. So far I have had generous offers of accommodation around Shepton Mallet, Honiton, Exeter and Weston super Mare. Please help me if you live on the route between Exeter and Weston. Contact Kirsty Pugh on [email protected]

Please send your donations to Kirsty at Bristol Rovers. You will also be able to click on to a Just Giving web site in the next week or so. Thank you for your support.


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