I was born in Preston, Lancashire on November 29, 1969, the youngest of 5 brothers and one sister.
At the age of 14, after representing the town, county and North West of England, I signed schoolboy forms for Blackburn Rovers.
After making my debut at 18 years old, I signed my first professional contract, going on to make over 50 appearances.
I made the move to the North-East, at Hartlepool United before further moves to first Bury and then Burnley meant that I spent the majority of my career in the North West.
I enjoyed a short spell in South Wales, appearing for Swansea City before returning and ultimately finishing my career at Burnley.
In all, I made 500 league and cup appearances, scoring 50 goals in gaining three promotions, two with Bury and one at Burnley.
After retiring from football in 2004, I briefly worked as fitness coach at Leeds United, and worked at a cardiac charity before qualifying as a primary school teacher.
It was while working as a teacher, that I first began having symptoms that would eventually be diagnosed as motor neurone disease. Since that diagnosis in March 2017, and my subsequent public revelation in 2018, I have worked closely with the MND Association, to raise awareness of the disease and funds, vital for research.
Discussing my diagnosis within the home was really difficult, particularly as I felt the need to talk about my feelings. My salvation came after I went public with the news on BBC Radio Lancashire.
A year after revealing my diagnosis on local radio, I met up again with Andy Bayes discuss what life was like, now.
Click here to watch the full interview with Andy Bayes..