Gareth Farrelly talks about his life-threatening illness

Saturday 1 July 2017  11 Comments  [Jump to last]
Former Everton midfielder Gareth Farrelly talks about the goal that saved the Toffees from relegation, his troubled League of Ireland spell, and beating the odds to survive a life-threatening illness.

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Will Mabon
1 Posted 02/07/2017 at 01:02:51
Seems an honest assessment of his own mistakes along the way, and an interesting insight.

Still mighty relieved he scored that goal, which I watched from Upper Bullens. What a grim season that was, and there were plenty more to come.

Peter Lee
2 Posted 02/07/2017 at 01:40:40

I would be delighted to be able to play again. Love the blues but watching is always a poor substitute for playing, at any level.

Done the coaching bit, but could never see it as a satisfying either.

Feel for Gareth. A long way from a great, a journeyman if truth be told. Best wishes.

Paul Kelly
3 Posted 02/07/2017 at 08:35:57
"I would be delighted to be able to play again. Love the blues but watching is always a poor substitute for playing, at any level.

Done the coaching bit, but could never see it as a satisfying either."

Followed the same path, told at 27 years old that that is it, managed after playing but after one season it just wasn't the same.

Everyone deals with it differently but I stopped watching games, when I used to watch any match. Still the same to be honest, only get interested in Everton. Shit isn't it. Could do with one of those holodecks (I think) from StarTrek, relive past glories, out Friday night, Saturday, play half a game, puke up, get subbed. Start again.

Christine Foster
4 Posted 02/07/2017 at 09:03:16
“There is no clarity to your thought process. All you see is the immediate situation, which is likely inflamed in your perception and you react or become involved in a conflict that you can never win. It impacts your performance and your position in the club. It is a distraction that can have a huge effect on your career."

What an honest and quite sad review of his life in football, it is also a telling reminder to Ross Barkley who would do well to reflect on the above comment. History never repeats...?

Tony Hill
5 Posted 02/07/2017 at 09:42:03
An excellent human story. His goal was obviously crucial, though I still credit Vialli for one of the great acts of football integrity, against the wishes of his fans.
Steve Ferns
6 Posted 03/07/2017 at 15:06:06
You mean Di Canio, Tony.

As for Gareth, we all owe him a debt. May he have a long and happy life.

Liam Reilly
7 Posted 04/07/2017 at 13:48:46
Nope, he means Vialli Steve.

He was Chelsea's player Manager and scored the goal that effectively sent Bolton down on that same fateful day.

Andrew James
8 Posted 06/07/2017 at 00:52:35
Hi Christine

I really hope you're not drawing comparisons between Barkley and Gareth?

Gareth was a bang average player - probably shouldn't have been signed by us. Barkley is far superior just has some barriers to get past like going past the extra man and smashing it in the net...

It would help if he signed his contract and didn't have a forward in front of him who expects every goal chance to be delivered to him on a silver platter...

Andrew James
9 Posted 06/07/2017 at 00:56:47
Didn't Nick Barmby miss a penalty?
Paul Hughes
10 Posted 06/07/2017 at 14:52:07
Andrew, yes he did, a few minutes before Thomas Myhre threw a soft Dion Dublin header into the Park End net.

Made for a very nervous few minutes, until the transistor radios told us that Chelsea had scored a second against Bolton.

Dermot Byrne
11 Posted 07/07/2017 at 09:24:08
Glad he survived illness but not sure this is the best advert for being a lawyer who can make good decisions for you!

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