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LENNY Pidge­ley says he is “gutted” fi­nal club Farn­bor­ough an­nounced his re­tire­ment from foot­ball due to men­tal health is­sues be­fore he could tell his fam­ily and friends.

The ex-Chelsea goal­keeper brought an end to his 18-year ca­reer on Tues­day with Boro re­veal­ing his long bat­tle with de­pres­sion.

In a state­ment, Farn­bor­ough com­plained of the “shock­ing tim­ing” of Pidge­ley’s an­nounce­ment that co­in­ci­dently left them with­out a goal­keeper for their FA Cup first round qual­i­fy­ing at Lewes, which they even­tu­ally lost on penal­ties.

The South­ern League South club, af­ter re­ceiv­ing heavy crit­i­cism from sup­port­ers and play­ers, have since back­tracked on their state­ment say­ing it “re­ferred to us be­ing shocked re­gard­ing the sad in­for­ma­tion we re­ceived on that af­ter­noon”. Pidge­ley tweeted: “I’ve never talked about my de­pres­sion in the last 10 years, a part too my close friends and fam­ily but af­ter that club state­ment seems to be out the bag. The mes­sages of sup­port al­ready are much ap­pre­ci­ated guys. “I’m gutted the way it’s ended and that I never got to tell my friends and fam­ily that I will no longer be do­ing some­thing I have done for the last 18 years.” Be­fore tweet­ing Farn­bor­ough’s club ac­count: “Why did you an­nounce my re­tire­ment?”

FRUS­TRA­TION: Lenny Pidge­ley

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