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Motor neurone disease sufferer Glenn Phillips able to watch Tottenham Hotspur for last time after paper's appeal
3:13pm Thursday 2nd January 2014 in News
A dying man’s request to watch Tottenham Hotspur one last time has been answered.
Glenn Phillips, 48, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2011. Sufferers of the debilitating disease gradually lose mobility, speech and eventually the ability to swallow and breathe.
The 48-year-old former season-ticket holder has been watching Spurs at White Hart Lane since 1973, but has lost so much muscle he can no longer sit in the stands without becoming bitterly cold.
Mr Phillips said: “It is my greatest dream to be part of the crowd again — feel the atmosphere and be back at the club that has given me so much and so many memories.
“I want to put on my Spurs silk scarf and get back to White Hart Lane.”
Mr Phillips, formerly a head of faculty at Oaklands College in St Albans, added: “I cannot explain the hell I went through for the first two weeks after my diagnosis. I know there is no way out of MND. It will kill me. I do look at the world so differently now and I want to create awareness with the time I have left.”
The disease affects two in every 100,000 people and around 50 per cent die within 14 months of diagnosis.
Now, following an appeal by the Haringey Independent’s sister paper the Watford Observer, dozens of fans have came forward in response to Mr Phillip’s plea to watch his beloved team with his brother one last time.
Readers offered seats in the west upper stand, suites and corporate hospitality boxes.
Among them was the managing director of Ticketmaster UK, Simon Presswell, who offered the use of a corporate hospitality box for Mr Phillips and up to seven guests.
Mr Philips said: “I am genuinely overwhelmed by the fantastic response. I had no idea people would be so kind and supportive. It is wonderful for me.
“My heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who has donated so far. Come on you Spurs!”
Mr Phillip’s request also reached former Spurs players Micky Hazard and Graham Roberts, who got in touch via Twitter to say they would like to help.
Yvette Marshall, who worked with Mr Philips at Oakland's College, said: “Glenn is a great guy who always looks on the positives and would also help others, he has supported many people throughout the years and I am very pleased people are supporting him.
“Several of his old work friends that are no longer at Oakland's send him all our very best wishes and are doing what we can to meet his quest.”
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