Parkinson to attend Burnley's clash with Middlesbrough

Gary Parkinson attended the reverse fixture between his two old clubs on Boxing Day

Gary Parkinson attended the reverse fixture between his two old clubs on Boxing Day

First published in Football

BURNLEY hero Gary Parkinson is the guest of honour at a Turf Moor on Saturday, along with his family, as his old clubs go head-to-head.

The former right back attended the reverse fixture on Boxing Day, making his first public appearance since a stroke in September 2010 left him with Locked-In Syndrome – a rare condition which leaves sufferers unable to move or speak.

Parkinson, who started his career as a junior at Everton before moving to Middlesbrough in 1985, spent over three years with the Clarets after signing from Bolton in January 1994, helping them to promotion to the then First Division through the play-offs with a goal at Wembley at the end of his first season.

The Clarets, through the Burnley Former Players’ Association, have been active in numerous fundraising events for the Gary Parkinson Trust.

He will be accompanied at Turf Moor by his family and fellow former Claret David Eyres.

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2:28pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

It would be fantastic for this Burnley legend if we could achieve promotion on Saturday whilst he is here to watch the game.

What an awful condition for anyone to suffer from, he was an excellent marauding defender and his winning goal at Wembley will live long in the memory.

Get well soon Gary, you will always be one of the Claret and Blue greats in my eyes
It would be fantastic for this Burnley legend if we could achieve promotion on Saturday whilst he is here to watch the game. What an awful condition for anyone to suffer from, he was an excellent marauding defender and his winning goal at Wembley will live long in the memory. Get well soon Gary, you will always be one of the Claret and Blue greats in my eyes Champagne plus charlie
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2:58pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Dublin Claret says...

Keep the faith Gary, we're all hoping one day you'll come out of this terrible nightmare and get back to normal.
l remember that day in 94 when your goal made us all so proud.
True Clarets legend.
Keep the faith Gary, we're all hoping one day you'll come out of this terrible nightmare and get back to normal. l remember that day in 94 when your goal made us all so proud. True Clarets legend. Dublin Claret
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