Bob Wilson, one of the great heroes of Arsenal, has announced that he is suffering from prostate cancer and we all wish him the very, very speedy recovery.
There is of course a feature on this site concerning Bob who served the club as goal keeper and the coach to the goalkeepers at Arsenal. We also have known him for his work as a very rational and reasonable pundit on BBC and ITV and of course the Willow Foundation.He is always an example of a true supporter of the club, and was as always showing his pro-Arsenal credentials at the game at Wembley on saturday.I guess everyone who saw the team in the era has Bob Wilson memories. One of mine was in the League Cup victory over Liverpool where he was and when Arsenal scored seemed to leap up and get very excited, only to recover, remembering he was supposed to be there commentating. A Prostate Cancer UK spokesman said: “We wish Bob Wilson our best wishes in his fight against prostate cancer.”A key figure in the football world, he has already been affected by the tragic consequences of cancer, and his tireless work for the Willow Foundation, set up in the memory of his late daughter, continues to this day.
“It says everything of the man that he has already pledged to return to those efforts as soon as he can.
“Prostate cancer is an opponent like no other. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK and affects one in eight men in the UK. Our Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign aims to raise awareness and intensify the search for more reliable tests and treatments.
“The football family stands behind Bob, and we offer him and his family our support and best wishes at this important time.”
Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential helpline on 0800 074 8383 and they are also at www.prostatecanceruk.org.