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Steve Elliott celebrated his 60th birthday in September. A former professional footballer, Steve started his career at Nottingham Forest after signing apprentice forms with Brian Clough and later signed professional forms at the age of 18. His career really took off at Preston North End, where Steve scored 70 goals in 208 appearances for the “Lilywhites”. Clubs also included Luton Town, Walsall, Bolton Wanderers, Bury and Rochdale. In all, Steve played 436 games scoring 125 goals.

Steve is now living with a diagnosis of Head Trauma/Alzheimer’s Disease. Mags, Steve’s wife says “Dementia has really affected our lives, instead of enjoying the retirement we both planned; we’ve had to make significant changes to our lives and routines”.

“We were made aware of the Sporting Memories club that meets at Lancashire FA’s base in Leyland and Steve went along to try it out. I’ve seen such a big change in him since, it has given him something to really look forward to and has really transformed our lives”

Steve said “I enjoy meeting up with former colleagues and other club members each week, the volunteers who run the session are fantastic. I’ve made a lot of new friends and I’m supported in playing golf with them during the week. There’s a lot of fun and laughter at the group, it has helped me gain more confidence and it’s safe to say I’ve loved having the chance to kick a ball around again as we don’t just talk about football and sport at the sessions, we get to play them to”.

I would recommend the club to anyone who is thinking about attending, give it a try, you’ll love it.

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Steve Elliott (3rd from the right) pictured with former players at a recent Sporting Memories session

One to one reminiscence using our Replay cards?

Our Replay cards have been designed to help prompt fond memories of watching or playing sport. We use them in our groups as a focus for discussion and these can be used just as effectively on a one-to-one basis to stimulate conversations.