Monday 8 October 2018

Lyle Taylor's cancer crusade

There aren't that many players under the Duchatelet regime who have been a real pleasure to watch, but Lyle Taylor is a key exception. His dedication, trickery and skill really add value to the side. OK, sometimes he misses chances, but I see Premier League players do that that on Match of the Day every week (interesting that Alan Shearer joined the 'B' team yesterday).

The Football League Paper has given Charlton a lot of coverage recently and they devoted a whole page yesterday to Lyle Taylor's cancer crusade. Three of his four grandparents have suffered from cancer which is why he has dyed his hair pink and is wearing pink boots. His aunt has also suffered. He is trying to raise as much money as his can for Cancer Research UK.

All of us know people who have died prematurely from cancer. But there are also success stories. My lifelong friend Terry (Dame Teresa Rees) has been living with a brain tumour which it was not possible to remove for several years. We have been walking in Devon and to dinner in her home city of Cardiff. She has made a podcast about her experience for the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff: Someone else's shoes

In the interview Lyle Taylor talks about the target of a top six finish and his determination to play at a higher level.

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