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Popular Horsfield faces his most difficult opponent

Paul Fletcher | 11:08 UK time, Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Geoff Horsfield enters hospital today to start treatment for testicular cancer. The striker, who turns 35 at the start of November, made his situation public last week and added that it had prompted his immediate retirement from football.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Geoff all the best with his recovery and recount a story about him that I was told a few years ago but have never forgotten.

It comes courtesy of Lincoln City manager Peter Jackson, who played the final games of his own career alongside Horsfield - known throughout the game as the Horse - at Halifax Town.

horsfield438.jpg It was 1998 and the Shaymen were perilously close to securing promotion to the Football League.

Prior to a crucial evening fixture, Jackson, who had been brought in with just a handful of matches to go in order to give the side a steadying and experienced presence at the heart of the defence, turned up in good time to begin his preparations for the game.

He was soon joined by Horsfield, the club's star player, the man who scored all the goals but who worked as a bricklayer during the day.

"I had already eaten a light meal and was loosening up for the game," recalled Jackson. "Geoff turned up straight from the building site, still wearing his work gear and with a Big Mac in his hand, but it didn't stop him scoring."

Everyone I have spoken to maintains that Horsfield has always been a grounded individual who appreciated what it was to make his living playing football.

He was prolific for Halifax and remains one of the club's most popular players. His goals played a crucial part in the club's promotion to the Football League and also persuaded Fulham to shell out £300,000 for him almost exactly 10 year's ago.

I interviewed Horsfield in 2002 and found him to be an honest and open individual who seemed extremely uncomfortable when talking about his success as a professional footballer. He had moved to Birmingham by then, Trevor Francis paying a then club record £2.25m in 2000, and had just been named the club's player of the year after a season that had seen the Blues promoted to the Premier League.

But Horsfield seemed happier talking about his early non-League days, at Athersley Reaction Club in the Barnsley and District League.

"I was 16 at the time and the other players in the team were all 25 or 26 - good working lads," he told me. "They enjoyed a drink and we would get two or three beer coupons for winning."

After Horsfield made it as a professional, he apparently donated £25,000 to his former club to help them develop their facilities.

Horsfield also enjoyed success at West Brom after the West Midlands club signed him for £1m in December 2003 following a short spell at Wigan. His goals at the end of the 2003-04 campaign were crucial in helping the Baggies claim promotion to the Premier League.

The Horse, who also represented Scarborough, Witton Albion, Sheffield United, Leeds United, Leicester City and Scunthorpe United, also scored a crucial goal for the club on the final afternoon of the following season to help them secure survival.

I watched Horsfield play against the team I support several times. Sometimes he broke my heart with one of his trademark bustling finishes; on other occasions a heavy touch at the wrong time led to a collective sigh of relief from me and my fellow fans.

But it was obvious that he was giving total commitment and is hardly surprising that he enjoyed a special rapport with supporters. The responses on various 606 threads after the news of Horsfield's illness emerged tell their own story.horsfieldfulham438.jpg

Here are just a few of them:

"Geoff always gave us 110%, not always pretty but very effective. I wish him and his family all the best. I am sure that with all his battling qualities he will prevail."

"In age when players generally are variously overpaid, Horsfield is a professional who, wherever he played, impressed as hard-working and always put in a good shift. Fans can forgive any player who works hard for the team. Best of luck Geoff and thanks for the good times."

"We love you Geoff - you are and always will be a legend! From one of your adoring Halifax Town fans."

Many commented on how Horsfield's pragmatic approach to life will stand him in good stead as he battles testicular cancer. The Yorkshireman himself has said that he will face whatever battles lie ahead. And he will no doubt be buoyed by the knowledge that numerous footballers, like Jason Cundy, Neil Harris and Alan Stubbs, have all beaten the illness in the past.

Stubbs, now a coach at Everton, admitted: "It's a devastating blow for anyone, but there is a way through it. I've played against Geoff a few times and he's the sort of character that will face this head on."

Jackson, Horsfield's former team-mate, has also battled back from adversity after being diagnosed with throat cancer earlier in the year.

When I spoke to Jackson about his treatment just a few weeks ago, there was no disguising the pain and difficulty he had been forced to overcome. Thankfully, with the support of his family and friends, he has beaten the illness and is now back at work.

Hopefully Horsfield will do the same.


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  • Comment number 1.

    I would like to pass on my best wishes to geoff.

    I'm 24 and last year also got diagnosed with testicular cancer.

    Geoff was a great player and it is sad to see him retire but whats important now is to get you fit and healthy again.

    You can always look back and be very happy with what you've done in the past.

    Good luck and best wishes

    Andy Wood

    [Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 2.

    This was the first I'd heard about Geoff's illness, and I'm Gutted. ( don't know where I've been, head in the sand thinking about my own pitiful problems I suppose)

    I have always admired Geoff Horsfield from a far, he has never played for my team but whenever I saw him play I wished he did!

    Geoff, good luck with the treatment and good luck for the future.

  • Comment number 3.

    Good luck to 'The Horse' in the biggest match of his life.
    If he fights this like he played football, all will be well.
    Keep right on.

  • Comment number 4.

    Absolute legend for West Brom, also one of a very select players that both me and the girlfriend love (she's a Bluenose)!

    Good luck Geoff

  • Comment number 5.

    Best of luck Geoff, and keep checking your balls fellas, the earlier it's caught the better the chance of survival.

  • Comment number 6.

    FEED THE HORSE AND HE WILL SCORE, HE WILL SCORE. Wish him all the best, a real character in a game that is becoming deviod of anyone likable. As an Albion fan he never gave less that 100%. All the best Horse

  • Comment number 7.

    That cancer doesn't have a chance. Get well soon geoff.

  • Comment number 8.

    Geoff you wont need all the luck, if your attitude to this , is the same as when you played for the Blues then you will soon come through with flying colours, hopefully with a bit of Royal blue somwhere.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Bluenose through and through.

  • Comment number 9.

    The Horse was one of my favourite players for my beloved Baggies. In that Portsmouth game I prayed for Robson to bring him on because as we all knew feed the horse and he will score and he did! Good luck Horse the Brummie Road End is behind you all the way!

  • Comment number 10.

    hope geoff gets better
    he is such a legend and has the same name as me !!

  • Comment number 11.

    Keep Right On Geoff...

    In any walk of life, people have to earn respect, through how they behave, not just by the words they say. Geoff is as honest and hardworking as the day is long and has earnt many times over our hopes and prayers that he comes bustling through the other side of his treatment.

    Though you may become tired & weary, still journey on

  • Comment number 12.

    The Horse was always extremely hard working and extremely popular during his time at Blues.

    I hope these attributes will mean he battles hard and overcomes the cancer, and is supported throughout by both the people around him and the many supporters who worshipped him.

    Feed the horse and he will score.
    Us bluenoses hope the cancer is no more.

  • Comment number 13.


    On behalf of my family and I hope all Manchester City fans, can I wish you all the best for your big match.

    My money is on you kicking that big C right into touch. Your goal is to beat it and this is one more goal you'll put right in the back of that net.

    A great player with great attitude, honesty and 100 per cent committment who never forgets his roots. The song "When a Hero comes along" must have been written with you in mind.

    Give it your all friend


  • Comment number 14.

    Can you explain why some good wishes I posted for Geoff's speedy recovery have been referred to the Moderator.

    I'm totally stunned


  • Comment number 15.

    I saw Geoff a few times when he played for Guiseley so have always had an interest in his career where ever he played. It was good to see him in a Leeds shirt for a short while!

    Hope he gets through this in one piece, so to speak!

    Good luck Geoff.


  • Comment number 16.

    This Guy is an absolute legend, I met him and his family in Kavos,corfu. Get well soon Geoff.

  • Comment number 17.

    Get well Super Geoffrey Horsfield. Some of my best times following Fulham were when we had you and Pesch tearing up the 2nd divsion. Your performance (and oh my god them goals) at Luton...World Class. Horsfield for England!

  • Comment number 18.

    As a Birmingham fan I wish the horse well and hope that he recovers fully. He always gave 110% which is more than can be said of many premiership footballers.

  • Comment number 19.

    From all of us at the Hammersmith End.
    There's only one Super Geoff.
    All the very best

  • Comment number 20.

    I was lucky enough to play with the big man in the early 90's and he was an absolute joy. From the unknown, quiet, hard working lower league player he was soon in the big time ragdolling such as Sol Campbell, wha a carrer. Make no mistake, if anything is even nearly beatable, he'll beat it, no worries. To the big man, from the wee man.

  • Comment number 21.

    I was lucky enough to play with the big man in the early 90's and he was an absolute joy. From the unknown, quiet, hard working lower league player he was soon in the big time ragdolling such as Sol Campbell, wha a carrer. Make no mistake, if anything is even nearly beatable, he'll beat it, no worries. To the big man, from the wee man

  • Comment number 22.

    I'm a Birmingham City fan and we've had some talented-ish players at our club in recent years. Cristophe Dugarry, Mauro Zarate and James McFadden to name a few. But my favourite player by far is Geoff Horsfield. His work rate and strength on the ball are both superb.

    Its a real shame to hear of his illness and his loss to the game is significant. He's a real, honest Englishman, someone who 'the normal folk' can relate to.

    Best of luck Geoff, you're a hero to so many within the game and I wish you all the best in your recovery.

  • Comment number 23.

    Really, really liked Geoff as a player, and I often based the way I played on him. I remember first unveiling my 'Horsfield 9' West Brom shirt (despite being a Blackburn fan) at an 11-a-side game and scoring 6 goals. Guess I was inspired that day.

    Geoff is a real professional, and I'm sure his objective won't be simply to beat this cancer: it'll be to absolutely destroy it. All the best of luck to him, though I doubt he needs it.

  • Comment number 24.

    A legend in his own lifetime for Blues and Baggies fans alike, and not many players can say that; my missus is always asking 'when are Blues going to resign The Horse!'

    It takes a special type of player to make it from non-league through to the Prem' and Geoff is one of those players. Who can forget the partnership of Christoph Dugarry and Geoff Horsfield!!!!

    Best wishes to Geoff and his family.

    Keep Right On.

  • Comment number 25.

    He had just been offered a contract by The Saddlers when he found out and retired from football. I was really pleased to see him just training with the Saddlers because his attitude was so respected by our players and management.
    Having seen him play against us it would certainly have been beneficial to have him on our side for a change! :)

    A black Country Legend who, I feel positive, will beat this obstacle.
    Good Luck Geoff...not that your gonna need it!!!

    Check ya balls...or get someone to do it for ya...but ask first!

  • Comment number 26.

    Still remember what he did to Mark Hudson at Palace, and always thought he was too tough for his own shoes. However i am hoping this is not the case now, and that he shows his strength in the treatment table and gets past this mess.
    Kind regards to you and your family Horse.

  • Comment number 27.

    As a West Brom fan i have nothing but good memories of the Horse!! Genuinely a player who put 100% effort into every game. Not the most talented, but certainly the one with the biggest heart!

    Best wishes to you and your family Geoff. I'm sure you will overcome this challenge just like you ploughed through many a defender at the Hawthorns!

  • Comment number 28.

    Keep Right On Geoff.

  • Comment number 29.

    All the best to you Geoff. You certainly entertained us.
    You have helped beat some of the best teams, we know you can beat this!
    Take care.

  • Comment number 30.

    All the best Geoff.

    I was one of those "25 or 26 year olds" that Geoff played with at Athersley Recreation (not recreation!) in Barnsley all those years ago..We all knew where Geoff would end up as a footballer. Despite the "beer tokens!"
    A great honest, hardworking guy who always had time for anyone to chat with and of course a few laughs.
    Of course there will be no contest on this occasion either. Geoff to win...

    Keep well Geoff.

  • Comment number 31.

    take care bud

  • Comment number 32.

    Get well soon Geoff!! From all at the Cottage! The super whites are Right behind you!!

  • Comment number 33.

    You're a legend Horse, all the best for a speedy recovery.

  • Comment number 34.

    Geoff is an absolute legend! Wishing him and his family all the best in thier battle.

  • Comment number 35.

    Good luck Geoff. Started your career at my favoured Halifax Town.

  • Comment number 36.

    I think that this article sums up what most people who've seen Geoff Horsfield play always thought. A thoroughly straightforward and honest bloke who appreciated how lucky he was to play football professionally. Always 100%. That's why Geoff is so highly thought of and respected by fans of clubs he played for as well as of those he played against.

    Everyone is rooting for you Geoff. Take people's strength with you in your battle to get well.

  • Comment number 37.

    best wishes geoff youre a legend

  • Comment number 38.

    A legend, one of my favorite players (Im a BCFC fan). He is one of the main reasons I fell in love with The Blues. His style; old fashioned basics, strong spirit, no fancy dan. I would be happy to live in the championship forever if we could replicate his style.

    I wish you all the best Geoff, give this battle 100% like you gave all your appearances for the game and youll be fine.

    A very nerdy footnote (Laugh on if you will) all the servers in my business are named after players and the first and most important is named after the man himself (As i read this I feel a bit of a saddo).

  • Comment number 39.

    I am a Blade and I wish Geoff all the best. His style of play- a strong old fashioned striker- is becoming rarer and rarer now we have players like Messi and Robinho. Always giving 100%.

    If Geoff battles illness like he battles on a football field then he'll be fine. UTB.

  • Comment number 40.

    Good luck Geoff.
    Thoughts and prayers with you.
    I'm pretty sure no matter what team you're from you'll be supporting Geoff on this one.
    Good luck from us Chelsea fans.

  • Comment number 41.

    I am gutted to hear about this!!! Geoff is truly a legend and he helped me learn to love the shaymen. The only person who catapulted the club to fame even though we have had many greats at our club. Second to none in many areas!

    I always hoped he would come back to us before he retired. I still pray he will change his mind once he has survived this horrid scare. A true legend and a shining example of the game!!

  • Comment number 42.

    Good luck Geoff, hope you get well soon!

  • Comment number 43.

    Such a waste of a good footy player wish him a speedy recovery Geoff

  • Comment number 44.

    Goodness me, I didn't know about this. Geoff will always be a hero with myself and fellow West Brom fans- that goal against Portsmouth on the final of The Great Escape was brilliant.

    Geoff always struck me as a strong-willed, honest individual, and I'm sure he will be fighting his hardest head-on in this new battle.

    You have every single West Bromwich Albion fan behind you mate, good luck and here's to hoping for a speedy, full recovery.

    Topclassten + W.B.A F.C.

  • Comment number 45.

    Geoff, all the best mate. Had many a good day in the promotion season and the first half of the season back in the football league standing on the skirkoat watching you bang in he goals before you deservedly got a crack at the bigtime, the promotion bus through the town and ending up on at the town hall with the corwd singing your song - Super, Super Geoff, Super, Super Geoff, Super,Super Geoff, Super Geoffrey Horsefield.

    I like a previous message from a town fan had always hoped you'd return to us to finish your career even more so now we have dropped the leagues, you and Jamie Paterson would get us back up that pyramid!

    We all know you'll make it pal and can't wait to see you back down the shay where everyone is behind you, we might not be a massive club but we are your club and you are loved by us all.

    Keep your chin up and stick with it. all the best. Super Geoff

  • Comment number 46.

    Although Bradford born and bred should mean you're one of the enemy, you are by far one of the most professional players in god knows how long, i'm 24 and can't think of many who have given so much and expected so little back.

    Geoff was a fantastic player, underestimated by many, similar to a certain Emile Heskey, who gave 110% every game, and that certainly showed through his dedicated performances.

    A guy who faces adversity face on, and a guy that will successfully beat a nasty illness, something all us blokes should be wary of (get checking guys!!!)

    I wish you all the best Geoff, a character of football who is already missed . . .

    . . .May god bless you and your family

  • Comment number 47.

    Very sad news to hear.
    A player who always gave the best to his ability.
    With very best wishes
    Gooner Paul

  • Comment number 48.

    Never nice to hear the news but battle through and you will win.You never played for my team but i wish you had.
    Good luck George to you and your family!!

    God Bless.

  • Comment number 49.

    As a Villa fan who is knocking on a bit I just want to wish the Horse a ll the best in his battle with testicular cancer. The type of player he is you don,t see too many of, all heart so it,s a cert he,ll win this fight. All the best to him and his family.

  • Comment number 50.

    Good luck - with your heart and drive you can overcome anything. Have a healthy and great future after kicking this illness into the trash bin.

  • Comment number 51.

    I'm saddened by the news of Geoff's illness and I wish him and his family well.
    He's a smashing bloke and a truly great player.
    Hope he comes through this ordeal unscathed, he's welcome back at the Shay anytime.

    Suuuuuuuupeeeeeeer, Super Geoff, Super Super, Geoff, Super Geoffery Horsfield!!!

    Get Well soon mate keep fighting.

    All the best

    John Bradley

  • Comment number 52.

    As a long standing Guiseley footy supporter I remember Geoff from his non-league days and since then have supported and watched his career grow from strength to strength. I feel proud that Guiseley could help produce a premiership player.

    I now work in an office in the midlands with a West Brom fan, and so we can chat merrily of Geoff's achievements.

    Seeing this page is the first I knew of Geoff's battle with cancer. Saddened as I am, I wish him all the best on his road to recovery which I'm sure he will make 100%. You're strength, determination and fighting spirit on the pitch will no doubt be used for this fight off the pitch.

    I wish you a speedy recovery. Best Wishes.

  • Comment number 53.

    As a Woking fan I remember you as a great non-league scorer. You can beat this disease just as I did 17 years ago. All the best.

  • Comment number 54.

    geoff horsfield was the first player i ever saw score a goal, when halifax beat brentford 1 0 in 1998, so all my life he has had a major presence, he has also played for my first choice club leeds, so obviously i love him! hes always been a striker i have admired, although being 5 i really had no idea where he went until i heard he was in the premier league with birmingham many years later. It was great to know he was up there, and he fully deserved to be and i was so pleased when leeds signed him on loan.
    He's just such a legend, and he'll always be remembered at town!

  • Comment number 55.

    I would like to wish you and your family all the very best i watched you play against cheltenham home and away, get well soon

  • Comment number 56.

    So sorry to hear this news. Why does this kind of thing always seem to happen to the really good guys as opposed to those who frankly are more deserving?

    If Geoff is to be described as "legendary" then no place is such a description more fitting than at Halifax Town. In their championship season from the Conference, Geoff the Horse put the whole team on his back and rode them to the title.

    Like another Shaymen fan contributor, I too had hoped that we might see Geoff back down the Shay to finish his career. Well perhaps the chances of that have just improved because, when, like Lance Armstrong, he beats this thing where better to start over?

    Hang in there Geoff, we're all praying for you.

  • Comment number 57.

    i want to pass my thoughts on to geoff and his family.

    as a leicester fan he provided us with some quality performances in his time here.
    also his display against the chaventry was immens.

    good luck geoff and i am sure we will all be reading soon about how you have beat this and are on the mend

  • Comment number 58.

    I think that often the sign of the best and most respected players is when they score against your team but you can't begrudge them the goal as an individual. This more than applies to Horsefield who scored a very slightly important goal against Norwich in Cardiff......

  • Comment number 59.

    Just found out about Geoff Horsefield - Hope all goes well for him as I think he's a model professional. Whilst mums and dads may want to think they have the next Ronaldo etc....Geoff is more of the player most parents should want their off spring to emulate. A grafter who has had to work and knows life as it really is ...none of this wage slave and celeb rubbish. Good luck Geoff, you have given a lot back to the best game in the world, lets hope all goes well for you, you deserve the best

    Good luck matey

  • Comment number 60.

    Best of luck to Geoff and any poster/reader with testicular cancer. You will make it!

    One year ago my brother Peter, a Swedish Grimsby Town fan, got the same message. A fourtnight after he got married and 10 days after his 40th birthday..

    He had to go through several treatments under almost one years time but is now well. In fact more than 90 percent gets well.

    On Tuesday Peter and I will travel to London to watch Bristol City play Charlton.

    You will make it!

    Best regards

    Tommy Wallén
    Swedish Bristol City fan

  • Comment number 61.

    All our hopes are with you, Geoff.

  • Comment number 62.

    I am the father of a testicular cancer sufferer so know what it is like to be connected to someone in Geoff Horsfield's position. My son is still with us, thankfully, after getting massive support from family and friends, whilst dealing with the illness with fortitude, dignity and bravery.

    Having seen Geoff play his football bravely and in a positive manner, I have no doubt that he will tackle this latest challenge in the same positive way, and with the dignity that other cancer patients - the famous and the not so famous - face up to it. Just reading through the well-wishers on this site, Geoff should know he has the support of football fans, whatever their allegiance might be.

    Good luck Geoff - I wish you all the very best. Think positively and if I may be so bold as to offer one last piece of advice, take a day at a time - it's a very good way to get through he treatment and, before long, you will be fit and healthy again.

    My best wishes to you.

  • Comment number 63.

    Best wishes to Geoff.

    I think all supporters would have liked to have seen him don their chosen club's shirt.

    He's a committed pro and may he be contributing to the game for many years to come.

    Good luck Geoff.

  • Comment number 64.

    Good luck in your next battle, Geoff
    and a quick recovery.

  • Comment number 65.

    Best of luck Geoff. I had a testicular cancer op in 1995 - and I am now fit as a fiddle (a pretty crochety and getting older fiddle, mind you). Every cancer is different, but I am sure you will come through.
    One really good thing is the follow-up. It may be a nuisance having to go to hospital every week, then month, then year - but it sure feels good to know that the professionals are keeping an eye on you.

  • Comment number 66.

    As a Spurs fan I would naturally be concerned about their current plight, HOWEVER, as a football supporter, this puts it all into perspective. I wish you well Geoff.

  • Comment number 67.


    I just wanted to send my best wishes at what must be a tough time for yourself and your family, and I cannot begin to imagine what you must be going through.

    I have always admired you as a player and a professional, and I am 150% certain that you have what it takes to come through this.

    All the very best mate

  • Comment number 68.

    I will never forget how you went round and tried to pump up the rest of the Birmingham players after we went a goal down to Norwich in the play off final in Cardiff.

    You are a true inspiration to the working class brummie supporters.

    The game needs more players like you, a true honest pro. How many times did you get booked for diving?

    Good luck Geoff, I am sure that you will have the strength and positive attitude to overcome this latest hurdle.

    In the future I would love to see you manage the Blues.

    Keep right on til the end of the road Geoff.

  • Comment number 69.

    Geoff,you are a perfect role model for a professional footballer.
    Whichever team that you have played for,all the fans loved The Horse.
    Loved at St.Andrews and the Hawthorns because we could all associate with you.
    Keep right on!

  • Comment number 70.

    Geoff, have had similar health issues and the consequent treatment and know a bit about what you're going through.

    You're strong and a fighter and thats three quarters of the battle won. And for you, am sure that strength of character will shine through and you'll come through this smiling!

    Wish we could have had you at Carrow Road right now!

    All the very best...

  • Comment number 71.

    I am certain that Geoff will overcome this illness. I loved watching him play for Fulham. His bustling no hold bars attitude was first class, and I'm sure I speak for all supporters of the clubs he has played for that he was a true proffessional.

    All the very best Geoff.

  • Comment number 72.

    Good luck Geoff. 12 years ago whilst at Uni i was diagnosed with a testicular teratoma. It wasn't the end of the world at all, i would like to re-assure you that the recovery rate is very high and i'd like to urge all readers to examine themselves once a month, it's well worth it. Better still, get your partner to check.

  • Comment number 73.

    Being a Blues Nose (Birmingham City Fan) you wont hear a bad word for Geoff Horsefield , he loved the fans and they loved him.
    In todays madness of stupid wages and players arrogance Geoff typifies the man on the terraces , always gave 100% and if one man can beat cancer its Geoff
    Best of luck to him and his family.
    One last thing Geoff had his operation on the thursday and still played a charity gane on the sunday before, Now thats a real hero !!!!!!

  • Comment number 74.

    true legend at birmingham, he's too strong to let this beat him, he donated most of his promotion money from birmingham to his old local clubs and playing fields for kids etc, wish you all the best and i hear he's down st andrews tonight for match?

    all the best horse, and good luck

  • Comment number 75.

    As a player in the local leagues, I played against Geoff when he played for Athersley Rec. A hard area of Barnsley, and he played hard. If he faces this like he faced us all those years ago, then he will beat this, no problem.

    Good luck, Geoff and my deepest heartfelt wishes to you, your family and friends.


  • Comment number 76.

    I just want to say how much respect I have for Geoff not only as a player but as a person.

    A rolemodel for all aspiring footballers and after he beats this, all cancer sufferers!

    Here's to a speedy recovery and once you're better, come play for Blyth Spartans, please? :)

  • Comment number 77.

    Long live the horse!

    Blade through and through

    Should have a testimonial at the Lane

    Legend of the Lane

    Long live the horse!

  • Comment number 78.

    I was lucky enough to watch Geoff when he played at Guiseley before he was snapped up by Halifax Town. He was such a great player to watch as a kid and such an inspiration even in the unibond leagues. I always followed his career since wishing him the best of luck and hoping that city would one day sign him. Now i wish him the best of luck in this new battle. My thoughts are with him and his family.

  • Comment number 79.

    geoff horsfield has played for two clubs i have followed; leeds utd, the club i have supported for nearly 50 years and scarborough fc whom i supported from 1991 until their demise, whilst have lived in the town.

    geoff always seemed to be a good honest pro who gave 100%, which is rare enough these days.

    that said, after reading the comments here, i feel i under-appreciated him i have NEVER come across a journeyman player who has engendered such genuine affection from the fans of the many clubs for which he played. it seems that no matter where he went the fans loved him for his commitment as much as his actual ability, although bearing in mind the level at which he played that is taken as read. shame some of the real big money boys don't show the same characteristics; i can't imagine cristiano ronaldo inspiring so many diverse supporters.

    good luck geoff from a new fan.

  • Comment number 80.

    Another Bluenose - I was at last nights game, Geoff came on at half time to a hero's welcome from the fans - it was great to hear the old song "Feed the Horse and he will score", I was shocked to hear of his illness, he seemsed very positive following his operation, so hopefully he will make a full and speedy recovery.
    I have to agree with all the comments above, a totaly committed honest player, I will never forget the time he spent at the Blues, especially the season when we were first promoted to the Premiership. I

  • Comment number 81.

    Another Bluenose - I was at last nights game, Geoff came on at half time to a hero's welcome from the fans - it was great to hear the old song "Feed the Horse and he will score", I was shocked to hear of his illness, he seemed very positive following his operation, so hopefully he will make a full and speedy recovery.
    I have to agree with all the comments above, a totaly committed honest player, I will never forget the time he spent at the Blues, especially the season when we were first promoted to the Premiership. I know he was gutted (his words) to leave the Blues, so were the fans Geoff! All the best for the future mate!

  • Comment number 82.

    Without Geoff at Halifax Town we would not have won the Conference title. Great player and wonderful man, we send him our best wishes to overcome his health problems.
    Sad he may have to give up football altogether, we were hoping he might want to finish his career with us again at the Town, haha.

  • Comment number 83.

    Thanks for the good times down the Cottage. All the best we are rooting for you. Top Man.

  • Comment number 84.

    I hate Geoff, he did well against us every time he played, he played for teams i particularly dislike, he stuck elbows in defenders faces. I wish he'd played for Coventry and I hope his biggest battle is won. Our football needs more people who know about the grass roots and relate to the people who pay the wages. Good Luck the Horse.

  • Comment number 85.

    Geoff, It is now 11 years since I had the same condition. I admired the way you always fought for the ball at the Blues. Just another fight Geoff, you can win this one too. It is over 40 years since I supported the Blues at St Andrews but it won't stop me supporting you now. Good luck. Put this one away as if it was against the Villa.


  • Comment number 86.

    Sad news. All the best to Geoff Horsfield. Hope he beats it and gets well soon.

    DCFC fan.

  • Comment number 87.

    I'm a Villa fan, and would like to say Geoff was always feared since he had the habit of scoring vital goals.

    Many have said it already, the Horse played football putting everything into it and was a handful for any defender, an honest hard-working guy.

    I wish him well for a full recovery.

  • Comment number 88.

    Just want to send my best wishes to Geoff Horsfield
    I had the same condition twenty two years ago, and then three years ago the same thing. So there is still hope.
    All the best and get well soon

    WWFC fan

  • Comment number 89.

    Best of luck Geoff. I'm sure you will be fine. A couple of my mates have been through this and they are 100% now. Stay positive and take care.

    From a Wolves Fan

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi ,
    Just a few words from a Leicester Fan ,
    All the very best Geoff,hope that you make a safe recovery,.Never saw you play, but your name was something i heard on a weekly basis.

    Dave Green Hillegom (The Netherlands )

  • Comment number 91.

    Best wishes

    A player of the old school, slightly out of fashion in the current era. Always strikes me as giving 100% wherever and whenever he plays.

    Realistically I suppose we've seen the last of him as a player but I hope he's back soon putting that energy back into the game at some level.

  • Comment number 92.

    Just to say, all the very best Geoff from my Bristol City mates and myself, you are a top pro mate, you'll beat this just like you beat us!!!

  • Comment number 93.

    Hoping you make a full and speedy recovery - cousin recovered a couple of years ago from testicular cancer - obviously it was very difficult for himself and his family but he is completely over it now - you sounded like a real battler as a footballer - I'm sure you'll be the same dealing with this horrible disease.

    All the very best

    A Gooner and Wimbledon FC (remember them!) Fan

  • Comment number 94.

    Good luck Geof,

    I too had testicular cancer 17 years ago and it is true what the doctors say that it is completely treatable. I have never had any problems since my operation and treatment.

    all the best

  • Comment number 95.

    Good luck Geoff,

    I too had testicular cancer 17 years ago and have not had any problems since my opereation and relevant treatment. I even went on to have 2 kids

    all the best


  • Comment number 96.

    Best wishes to Geoff - he's been one of the most committed and determined players in the entire league over the past decade, whatever division he's been in (and I'm pretty sure he's been in all four).

    The Peter Jackson anecdote was particularly apt... Jacko took a couple of months out last season for the successful treatment of throat cancer. He's already a hero to us Lincoln City fans, and as someone said above, with characters like Jackson and Horsfield, the cancer doesn't stand a chance.

  • Comment number 97.

    You are proof that hard work and commitment can lead you from non league to the Premiership.

    A battler on the pitch - this is your greatest battle off it.

    Good luck Geoff

  • Comment number 98.

    Good luck Geoff!!

    I always admired you as a footballer and was estatic when you joined my beloved Leicester City, even though it was a short spell it was magical just to see you in a foxes shirt!!

    When i heard about your illness i was shocked as were many many other people, all i can say is get well soon m8, i know it wont be an easy ride but il be with u all the way in spirit ;-)

    You are a living legand, a hero

    There's only one GEOFF HORSFIELD!!

  • Comment number 99.


    Best Wishes sonny.

    I wish you all the best for a full recovery!

    I'm a Scunthorpe United fan who followed you through your whole career wishing you would come to the Iron!

    You finally did, if only for 8 matches. You added the bite up front and got into a fair few scraps up front for the Iron

    3 Cheers for "The Horse"


  • Comment number 100.

    Geoff, an honest battling pro. Very best of fortune with this new challenge.


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