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.

My Story 

 

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..