Football supporters are wishing Stoke City legend Jackie Marsh all the best as he recovers at home after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
Born and raised in Fenton, he is a lifelong Stoke supporter who lived the dream in playing for the club he loved. He played nearly 450 games for the club and was voted into Stoke’s best ever XI in a poll to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary seven years ago.
Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive columnist Robbie Earle sends his thoughts about a player and a team who had a big impact on him as a youngster growing up in the Potteries……
Robbie says: “I’d like to join all the football fans in wishing Stoke City legend Jackie Marsh well as he recovers at home after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
“He was part of that 1972 League Cup winning team which, for me as a kid, was one of the big things that connected me to the sport. We were living in Weston Coyney at the time and, when the cup winners did the bus parade around the city, me and my dad went out and watched them.
“I was a seven year old and Jackie Marsh and his team mates were heroes – supermen. That parade was a great occasion and they let kids into the pub so that was the first time I had been in one with my dad.
“That was some team, with lots of personalities and local lads which made it all that much sweeter. All the very best Jackie.”