Depression & Modern Football


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    Well written article guys – lots of food for thought. Brave for posting it today in light of what’s happened but I’m glad you did.

  2. Phil says:

    Hi,i am a dj an match announcer in Scotland and can talk and enterain to thousands.Thenthe next day i am confined to my room through depression.I may stay there for two full days and toil and plead with my mind to let me out of this horrible place..I have a wonderful son who is the only person who truly knows my situatin and is always there for my times of darkness.On a Saturday i look forward to the match and love the attention.At away games so many people call my name and it feels fantastic.So why,i ask myself,does this cloud come over me on days and i feel i’m on my way out.I am not famous though have noteriaty in my own small way yet feel so alone and worthless.

  3. Frank Heaven says:

    A very well-judged and sensitive article.

    We can only hope that the deaths of Speed and Enke help raise awarenss and understanding of this ‘cruel disease’, as Collymore calls it.

  4. @Elitekarbuit says:

    “Touching” it is real and sometimes we tend to forget the professionals have a life off the pitch.

  5. jimsakeeper says:

    Phil, thank you for your revealing and insightful comment. It shows what Gary Speed may have been feeling although I fear we’ll never know all the truth. Bless you and best wishes. I’m sure you know help is available but it seems that no one has the secret to solving depression. Sometimes it lifts and the experts can only suggest things that may help, but each case seems different.

  6. Mike Bayly says:

    I stumbled across this on YouTube earlier today.

    Alan Brazil and Rob Shepherd on depression. A proposition with a depressingly predictable hue…

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