Joe Thompson

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  • Former professional footballer for Rochdale, Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United and Bury

  • Winner of 2019 Tom Finney Award

  • Established public speaker

Joe is a former professional footballer and was signed by Manchester United at age 9, where he spent six years living every boy’s dream but was left devastated when the club released him at 16.

Joe bounced back to forge a career in the Football League playing for top flight clubs Tranmere Rovers, Rochdale and Bury, before his life was thrown into turmoil. At 23, he was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, which he received treatment for and went into remission. Joe returned to playing football for Rochdale, however, his cancer returned and for a second time following treatment Joe went into remission. Shortly after Joe retired from the game he loved from a young boy stating “with the intense treatment my body has had to endure of the last six years it is no longer able to perform to the demands of the professional game.”

Joe has written a book called Darkness and Light: My Story, detailing his incredible story and is a confident and passionate public speaker and regular football co commentator.

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