PROJECT 92

Being diagnosed with motor neurone disease was very very hard. For almost a year, my wife and I kept it to ourselves. Thinking we could deal with this awful diagnosis without help, without support, without anybody finding out was a huge misjudgement.

Since going public, the wealth of support that I have received has been overwhelming. The football "community" of former players and managers, and supporters has gathered together to help raise awareness and raise funds for myself and my family.

However, without the help and guidance from the Motor Neurone Disease Association, myself and many others like me would not have the opportunity to try to live as full a life as possible. They work tirelessly, and seemingly endlessly to provide help, and just as importantly, they continue to try to find a cure. But this cannot be done without vital funds, so my aim, as well as raising awareness is to try to raise money in the hope that a cure can be found for this awful disease.

Research has shown that professional sportsmen and women are up to 8 times more likely to be diagnosed with MND. Stephen Darby and Fernando Rickson from the football world, and Doddie Weir and Rob Burrows, famous rugby players, have all been affected in the last few years.

So in 2019, I set up #Project92 with the aim of allowing current footballers and management staff the opportunity to help towards this course. I intend to visit each ground, either in person or by video link to talk about my experiences of living with motor neurone disease and also to ask each professional footballer to donate as much or as little as they can to the MNDA. As more professional sportsmen are revealing that they have been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, I'm sure that this will be the topic very close to their hearts.

If you want to support Project 92, click here to pitch in and fight MND!

After visiting Fleetwood Town, my next step was the Crown Ground, home of Accrington Stanley.
BBC Radio Lancashire's Andy Bayes interviewed me and then manager, John Coleman, minutes after I did my talk.
Click here to hear what we had to say.

Stage 3 of project 92 saw me visit AFC Fylde FC.
Listen to me discussing MND with Dave Challinor

 

Blackburn Rovers – the club where it all started for me.


Charlie Mulgrew gives his time up for a chat

 

Next up was my home town team, Preston North end. This time, I have a discussion with club captain, Paul Gallagher.