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Plenty of Rochdale fans were initially wrong about this inspirational player’s return

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A Rochdale legend and role model for young people, Joe Thompson, retired from football yesterday after beating cancer not once, but twice.

Thompson started out at Dale in 2005, making 157 appearances before going off on a career that saw him play for Tranmere, Bury and Carlisle. Whilst at Tranmere he beat cancer and returned to the game, before making what would be the final move of his career back to Spotland in August 2016.

He signed a six-month deal that would see him through until the summer of 2017, then secured another new contract at the end of the season until 2018. However, in March 2017 he was diagnosed once again with cancer.

After a nine-month battle, the incredible individual made it back onto a football pitch to try to keep Rochdale in League One. It all came down to the final day of the season, where they needed to pick up a win against Charlton Athletic. Remarkably they won 1-0, with Thompson bagging the vital goal.

It will prove to be the final goal of his career, he’s made just one appearance this season and has recently announced his retirement from the game. His legacy will remain with Rochdale for many years to come and his bravery and courage should never be forgotten by anyone in the game.

At the time of his return it was hard for Dale fans to see any positivity in the move at all. They were a squad packed full of wingers and Thompson had recently played in the National League with Southport, as well as having a trial with Barrow.

Back then they were lamenting his signing, but today they’ll be applauding his achievements.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Plenty of Rochdale fans were initially wrong about this inspirational player’s return

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