Son of Bill Foulkes backs campaign to tackle dementia in football

The son of St Helens-born and bred footballer Bill Foulkes has given his full backing to a campaign to tackle dementia in the sport.

Monday, 28th December 2020, 8:36 am
Updated Monday, 28th December 2020, 8:40 am
Bill Foulkes

Stephen Foulkes added his weight to a growing country-wide crusade for increased funding from the FA and the Professional Footballers' Association, as well as the latter providing respite for families/carers of ex-pros like his dad who died with the disease at the age of 81 in November 2013.

Stephen, whose father won four first division titles, an FA Cup victory and a European Cup triumph at Wembley and also survived the Munich air disaster, told the Daily Mail: "I used to take dad to events at United. Even though the dementia was quite well on, he always wanted to go.

''Going to the ground was important to him. He wouldn't remember it the next day but when he was there and dealing with people he knew it was second nature to him."

Several other United stars of yesteryear have also suffered from dementia which most experts believe was due to heading the leather ball continuously, especially in wet conditions.