Stoke City fans have been sending their love and support to club legend Jackie Marsh after it was revealed he has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The 71 year old is in self isolation at home. He went to hospital on Tuesday with suspected pneumonia but improved enough to be released to go home on Wednesday, although he had tested positive for Covid-19.
Jackie had a heart by-pass about 14 years ago and has been fighting health problems in recent months.
He is loved as a member of one of Stoke City’s greatest teams, through the 1970s, and part of the 1972 League Cup winning side under Tony Waddington.
Born and raised in Fenton, he is a lifelong supporter who lived the dream by playing for the club he loved, and is regarded as one of the club’s greatest right backs.
Fans have been having their say on our dedicated Stoke City Facebook site
William Morgan said: “Sending prayers to you Jackie & the rest of your family.”
Joe Rushton added: “Get well soon Jackie we all love you.”
Terry Greer said: “Get well soon Jackie hope you make a speedy recovery.”
Raymond Sellars summed it up perfectly, saying: “Get well soon Jackie, every single Stoke fan is behind you.”
Meanwhile fans have also been sending messages of support on Twitter after our Stoke City writer Pete Smith reported the news.
In 2013, Jackie was included an in all-time Stoke City XI after the club asked fans to vote. That was part of City’s celebrations for the club’s 150th anniversary.
That was recognition for his inspirational performances over his 433 appearances for the club.