The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Tom Black­ett

ROCHDALE mid­fielder Joe Thomp­son has been di­ag­nosed with can­cer for a sec­ond time – but has vowed to beat it.

The 28-year-old over­came nodu­lar scle­ros­ing Hodgkin lym­phoma three years ago while a Tran­mere player and is de­ter­mined to do the same back at his home-town club.

“I will fight this life hur­dle with the same be­lief, courage and de­sire as my pre­vi­ous bat­tle,” he said.

“The sup­port shown to me since I dis­cov­ered my ill­ness has re­turned has been im­mense.

“I came back from a goal down be­fore, not only to equalise, but to take the lead. This ill­ness may have found an equaliser but the quest for me to get the win­ner starts to­day and I can as­sure you I will get the most im­por­tant win of all time.”

Dale chair­man Chris Dun­phy said: “Joe has the full sup­port of ev­ery­one at the club and we will do ev­ery­thing we can to help him beat this hor­ri­ble dis­ease for a sec­ond time.”

FIGHTER: Joe Thomp­son

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