Jack had been battling the disease for some time and suffered a relapse earlier this year which prompted the family to renew their drive to get fans of the Blues and other clubs to sign up to the stem cell donor registry.
Unfortunately, a matching donor was not found in time for Jack but there is a chance that as a result of their efforts, another family in a similar situation might one day be handed a miracle.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Gary's family and friends, both here in the UK and in Australia.
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1 Posted 18/11/2021 at 16:45:32
Gary himself was a lovely lad, knew him a bit through a mutual friend back in the day.
There's nothing that can be said to ease what he's going through at the moment.
2 Posted 18/11/2021 at 17:25:09
Thoughts with Gary and family at this incredibly difficult time.
3 Posted 18/11/2021 at 17:34:24
4 Posted 18/11/2021 at 17:39:54
Heartfelt condolences to the Stevens family.
5 Posted 18/11/2021 at 17:55:44
6 Posted 18/11/2021 at 18:23:14
A little anecdote just to uplift things a little
A few years back I was coaching a kids team locally in Kent and one of the mums said that her lad was getting a bit of after-school tutoring from Gary Stevens's wife (or girlfriend - I forget which), and he had offered to provide some coaching for us. I couldn't believe it and couldn't wait to meet him, chat about the glory years of the 80s etc..
How gutted was I when it turned out to be Gary Stevens, England, Tottenham, Brighton and Portsmouth!!! I hid it well though and he was a great guy. Gave us a fair bit of his time to help out. True story – Never got over the disappointment though!
Stay strong Gary.
7 Posted 18/11/2021 at 18:47:09
8 Posted 18/11/2021 at 19:31:30
I hope Gary and his family find some comfort from their own remembrance and the good wishes of us all.
9 Posted 18/11/2021 at 20:39:19
10 Posted 18/11/2021 at 20:52:02
11 Posted 18/11/2021 at 21:35:57
Condolences to Gary and his family.
12 Posted 18/11/2021 at 21:46:52
Deepest condolences to the Stevens family.
13 Posted 18/11/2021 at 22:51:04
14 Posted 18/11/2021 at 23:34:27
But nothing can compare to losing a child at such a tender age.
Shattering for Gary and his family. There's nothing I can say that would offer consolence. It's times like this that truly put life and football into perspective.
15 Posted 18/11/2021 at 23:55:48
Theres no words to express their pain.
It puts life, and Everton in perspective.
It must now be 40 years since his first of many good digs into the Street v Ipswich and we beat them 2-1.
That for me was one of the games that signalled the start of what was the new beginning, at the time for Everton.
But deepest sympathies to Gary Stevens and his Family, and RIP Jack, theres no words to express their sorrow at this time.
The Everton Family is with Gary Stevens and his Family, through this terrible time.
16 Posted 19/11/2021 at 08:50:21
17 Posted 19/11/2021 at 08:55:56
18 Posted 19/11/2021 at 16:10:36
19 Posted 19/11/2021 at 21:11:28
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