World Cup 2006 Blog

From our reporters in Germany

Only a game

tom_geoghegan.gifLONDON - Spare a thought for John Reeve, from Essex, who is currently 330 miles into his 500-mile charity walk from Wembley to Frankfurt. His son Tim died of leukaemia last December, before the 23-year-old Leeds fan had realised his dream to see England play at the World Cup.

So Mr Reeve has taken up his son’s ambition on foot - starting the day of the FA Cup final and due to arrive at the stadium in Frankfurt the morning of England’s first game - while raising funds for the Tim Reeve Memorial Trust.

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Last night, speaking from a village about 30km from Liege, he told me he was ahead of schedule but nursing a very sore ankle.

“Tim’s memory drives me an awful lot,” he said. “You remember the happy times but when it gets hard you think what he went through and you realise it’s nothing at all. It seems like he's with me all the way, which is good."

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  • 1.
  • At 01:02 PM on 26 May 2006,
  • Jagtar Bhogal wrote:

I think this is a truly admirable feat and have the utmost respect for John Reeve. I am sure he will make it with plenty of time to spare.

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After reading this article, I have a tremendous respect for John Reeve. I hope that his walk from England to Germany will call to the attention of that dreaded disease called leukaemia [so that there could be a cure].

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The very best of luck to John and I hope he makes it safe and sound for the opening game.

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  • At 05:51 PM on 26 May 2006,
  • Tina KL wrote:

Amazing story! I wish John all the best and may England's opening game (and the tournament in general) be filled with as much fighting spirit as Tim showed right to the end I am sure!

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  • At 06:37 PM on 26 May 2006,
  • Jason Salt wrote:

I hope John gets featured on before of the match on Match of the Day Live, that would be very nice.

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  • 6.
  • At 12:11 AM on 27 May 2006,
  • Jonathan wrote:

Best of luck to you John. It's a wonderful thing you're doing!

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  • At 02:07 PM on 27 May 2006,
  • Tony (USA) wrote:

No one can have but pure admiration for John Reeve and his efforts not to let Tim's fight for life be for nothing.
Perhaps the England team will give him the same respect to see all their matches, and , hopefully, his fighting spirit will be transferred to the players.
Well Done John, we salute you mate

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  • At 07:01 PM on 27 May 2006,
  • Miroslav Meshanovich wrote:

I wish all the luck to Mr. Reeve. I hope he gets all the support during his walk.

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Good luck John.....
Hats off to you mate. May the boys raise the trophy in memory of Tim.
Cheers
Gary

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  • 11.
  • At 11:55 AM on 29 May 2006,
  • John Carey wrote:

John.....You are a legend that takes guts I hope you make it in time and may the boys lift the trophy for Tim.....COME ON ENGLAND!

Good Luck

John C

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  • At 02:29 PM on 29 May 2006,
  • Richie wrote:

It is nice to hear something good and positive come out of football for a change. Good luck and enjoy the World cup.

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  • At 02:58 AM on 30 May 2006,
  • ian wrote:

Good luck mate!

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  • At 02:48 PM on 30 May 2006,
  • Dan wrote:

Lets hope Beckham's ready with the ice for those ankle's!

Good Luck John

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  • At 02:49 PM on 30 May 2006,
  • Dan wrote:

Lets hope Beckham's ready with the ice for those ankles!

Good Luck John

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  • 16.
  • At 11:28 PM on 30 May 2006,
  • Tom Nicolson wrote:

Wonderful feat. Admired by many across the world. Hope you reach your destination in one peace sir. Best wishes

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  • At 12:02 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Tigere Chagutah (Zimbabwe) wrote:

Amazing dedication to what is trully an enduring memory - your son and his love for The Three Lions. Wish you the best of luck, and for what its worth, millions (literally) of Zimbabweans are hoping England do it this time.. we will fill the bars and shout out loud for The Three Lions..

TC

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