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    Ex-Saints player and manager Chris Nicholl has dementia and is in supported living.

    Most of us probably know someone, if not well, who's gone through this either indirectly or directly. Like they say about cancer, it probably affects everyone at some point.

    People who work with those who have the disease are so admirable. I'm not sure I could do it and there's loads of great dementia charities. Maybe we could set up some kind of GoFund thingy and donate to a charity on behalf of the forum in acknowledgement of our support of Nicholl? Not really sure how it works tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Instant Classic View Post
    Ex-Saints player and manager Chris Nicholl has dementia and is in supported living.

    Most of us probably know someone, if not well, who's gone through this either indirectly or directly. Like they say about cancer, it probably affects everyone at some point.

    People who work with those who have the disease are so admirable. I'm not sure I could do it and there's loads of great dementia charities. Maybe we could set up some kind of GoFund thingy and donate to a charity on behalf of the forum in acknowledgement of our support of Nicholl? Not really sure how it works tbh.

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    Dementia is horrible for all concerned Id be happy to chip in.

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    I work in a dementia care home and the condition is both sobering and terrifying, even though I am not directly involved in the care side of the home. Those who are, really are heroes in my opinion. I had very little understanding of it until I began working in the home. I even give my own time to listen and engage, which isn't something I would have envisaged myself doing previously, if I'm honest. Very rewarding.

    There are several larger charities in the UK who are very worthy of support: Alzheimer's Society, Dementia UK, BRACE and Playlist For Life.

    Given the cost of dementia care currently, a lot of assisted living/care homes would probably welcome any assistance they could get too, whether it be financial or volunteering. Maybe CNs care providers would benefit directly? Just spit balling really, having a little insight.

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    I knew Chris as I used to play tennis with him in a four which is now the David Lloyd centre. A lovely man and loved talking football, especially Saints. His team played such exciting free flowing football, sadly couldn't defend but he was sacked before he should have, he was burdened by following LM if he had followed Branfoot he would have had a long reign IMO

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    Met him once at Fleming Park GC when I was working the pro-am. Couldn't have been a nicer guy. Chatted for ages and posed for photos with everybody who asked.

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    A great player and a much better manager than some gave him credit for at the time, me included. I hope he's getting the care he needs; but continuing cuts to social services will only get worse if the tories remain in charge, so he and other dementia sufferers are going to need all the charity they can get. Good luck fella

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    Spoke to him before an away game at Watford back in the day . Wished him luck. He broke his nose and scored an own goal. I think we lost one or two nil. Still makes me chuckle. Sad news and wish him well.

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    I wonder if heading the old heavier ball was a causative factor as he isn't very old.
    An awful illness, particularly for his loved ones who have to watch the decline like I did my mother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cambsaint View Post
    I wonder if heading the old heavier ball was a causative factor as he isn't very old.
    An awful illness, particularly for his loved ones who have to watch the decline like I did my mother.
    Could be. I recall watching a video of him re-watching the 1987 league cup semi vs Liverpool. He couldn’t remember most of the game.

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    Poor Chris, a horrible condition. My wifes Grandad had it and was in the room next to Kevin Moore in his dementia care home. The people who work in those places are brilliant

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    Like Old Nick, I played tennis with Chris many times. A great guy, very competitive but also a gentleman.
    He featured on a TV programme about heading footballs quite recently. ( Jeff Astle )
    Having lost various members of my family to Alzheimer’s / dementia, I hope he gets the best of care.

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    When I was a postdoc at Dundee I wrote him a letter thanking him for doing a great job as manager, but mentioned a big weakness at the back (Kevin Bond's position - hint, hint). I suggested he look at a Dundee defender (captain there) who I suggested would do a better job. He took the time to write back saying he'd sent a scout to have a look but he (the scout) didn't think the player was any better. I was surprised he had taken the time to write back a nice reply, and even more surprised he'd sent out a scout. Top bloke.

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