Clarets fans asked to join in one-minute's applause for Gary Parkinson
CLARETS fans are being urged to show their appreciation for club legend Gary Parkinson when Burnley play Preston North End in the Capital One Cup tonight.
Parkinson, affectionately known as Parky to the Turf Moor faithful, will never be forgotten for clinching the vital second goal in the Clarets’ 2-1 play-off win against Stockport County in 1994.
But he is also fondly remembered at Deepdale, where he made over 100 appearances, helping North End to the 1999 Division Two play-offs.
Parky, who made the PFA’s Division Two team of the year while playing for both Lancashire outfits, has been suffering from ‘locked-in syndrome’ after suffering a severe stroke around three years ago.
A Burnley FC spokesman said: “As the Clarets and the Lily-whites meet for the first time since his illness, we would like Burnley and Preston North End fans to come together in sending a message of support to Gary, and his family, by joining in one minute’s applause during Tuesday’s game.
“We ask that this takes place in the second minute of the match, to acknowledge the number two shirt in which Gary played the vast majority of his games for both Burnley and Preston.”
The same gesture was undertaken by Middlesbrough and Blackpool when the two sides met in the Championship last week.
Parky made 200 first-team appearances for Middlesbrough, after beginning his career as a junior with Everton, and the Seasiders’ was his last senior side.
Last month fundraisers completed a sponsored bike ride which took in all of the right-back’s former clubs, setting off from Bloomfield Road, and ending in his home town of Thornaby-on-Tees three days later.
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