Mental health is a serious subject and one not to be taken lightly and this is certainly the case for former Chelsea keeper Lenny Pidgeley who has announced his retirement following a 10-year battle with depressing.
His current side Farnborough were schedule to play in the FA Cup in midweek, and Pidgeley decided to announce this hours before the game, “Supporters will notice that it has no goalkeeper on its Teamsheet tonight for the FA Cup tie at Lewes.
“Until 12 o’clock today (Wednesday) both keepers were available, but unfortunately James Stroud has a work commitment that he is unable to get out of despite his best efforts.
“Lenny Pidgeley informed us this afternoon that due to a ‘significant long term personal medical condition’ he is retiring from football with immediate effect.
“This is the first anyone at the club was aware of the condition and although the timing is shocking we wish Lenny and his family all the best in his retirement.
It is not appropriate that the Club comment further on personal matters that have nothing to do with the Club.
The team will focus on doing their best this evening to upset the odds and get through to the next round.”
We wish Lenny all the best with his battle with depression.
I’ve never talked about my depression in the last 10 years, a part too my close friends and family but after that club statement seems to be out the bag.
The messages of support already are much appreciated guys 😘
— Lenny Pidgeley (@pidge40) September 12, 2018