We’ve been asked by one of the daughter of Jeff Astle – Dawn – on behalf of her other two sisters, Claire and Dorice – to get the word out to Newcastle fans there will be one minute’s applause after 9 minutes of Sunday’s game at the Hawthorns, and it’s to bring attention to their father Jeff, who died twelve years ago from CTE.
Jeff Astle while at West Brom
Jeff Astle died in 2002 from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease found in former boxers and American football players and it’s essentially caused by too many concussions sustained.
This is a huge problem in American football, and the NFL has stated that as many as one third of their players will have some brain injury in life caused by playing the game.
But it seems there may be cases of that in football too.
Jeff was at West Brom from 1964 to 1974 and played 292 games and scored 137 goals for the club.
This is some of the message I received from Dawn a couple of days ago, and promised to get the word out:
Newcastle fans are more than welcome to join in with the applause if they choose; for which we would be very grateful for; but if not we would like to give them the opportunity to make them aware of our campaign if they haven’t seen it via the national media already.
We would also like to respectfully ask that if you are aware of any former players who may have died of, or are sadly living with Alzheimer’s or any other Degenerative Brain Disease please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – this information is vitally important to forthcoming research.
You can keep up-to-date and learn more about our campaign by visiting our website justiceforjeff.co.uk or through our Facebook (facebook.com/justiceforjeffastle) and Twitter (@astle1968#justiceforjeff pages.
After 17 minutes of Sunday’s game, there will also be a one minute applause for our two lost Newcastle fans – John Alder and Liam Sweeney – killed in the MH17 disaster on July 17th – and that will happen in every single game this season.
Manager Alan Pardew has dedicated the season to the loyal fans who lost their lives supporting Newcastle United.
We hope the tribute is shown on the big screen at the Hawthorns after 17 minutes of Sunday’s game, a short 8 minutes after the dedication to Jeff Astle.