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John Stiles – son of England legend Nobby – asks PFA to provide footballing families with support

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John Stiles – the son of World Cup winner Nobby – leads calls for the PFA to provide footballing families with support… as relatives are still in need and struggling because of neurodegenerative disease

  • John Stiles has called for the PFA to provide families with crucial support 
  • Relatives of ex-players with neurodegenerative disease have pleaded for help
  • Tony Parkes’ daughter Natalie featured in the video asking the PFA for support 
  • Stiles’ father, Nobby, was found to have CTE caused by heading the football 


John Stiles, the son of Nobby, called out the PFA in an emotional video on Friday showing footballing families who are still in need and struggling because of neurodegenerative disease.

A year ago, Stiles highlighted three former professional players in their 60s, 70s and 80s who required immediate assistance, with family members revealing their desperate situations on camera. Yet in an updated video on Friday, Stiles explains how they are still awaiting help from the players’ union.

Natalie – the daughter of Tony Parkes, also known as ‘Mr Blackburn Rovers’ – appears in the footage, along with Dany – the daughter of Jimmy Robson, the former First Division title winner with Burnley. Both men have deteriorated after being diagnosed with dementia.

Wendy – the wife of former Aston Villa and Leeds United centre back Brendon Ormsby, who previously suffered a severe stroke – also calls on authorities to show that they care.

Urging the union to act, Stiles says: ‘Twelve months later these families still need help. Once again I ask the PFA, and the trustees of the PFA Charity, to please give these families the help they desperately need.’ 

John Stiles - son of legend Nobby - has led calls for the PFA to support families of former footballers who are suffering neurodegenerative disease

John Stiles – son of legend Nobby – has led calls for the PFA to support families of former footballers who are suffering neurodegenerative disease

World Cup winner Nobby Stiles' brain was found to contain CTE, triggered by repetitive head trauma

World Cup winner Nobby Stiles’ brain was found to contain CTE, triggered by repetitive head trauma

It comes days after Stiles was kicked out of Doncaster Rovers’ training ground for handing out leaflets to players warning them about the dangers of heading the ball.

His father’s brain was analysed after his death and found to contain Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease triggered by repetitive head trauma.

Though heading limitations were introduced for the first time in English football earlier this year, they are only guidelines, and Sportsmail understands most clubs have chosen to ignore them.

Dany Robson (L) - daughter of Burnley legend Jimmy Robson (R) featured in the video

Dany Robson (L) – daughter of Burnley legend Jimmy Robson (R) featured in the video

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