Clarets hero Gary Parkinson gets fantastic ovation
9:21am Monday 14th April 2014 in News
SUPPORTERS in all corners of Turf Moor welcomed back Burnley Football Club legend Gary Parkinson to his old stomping ground as he helped to conduct the half-time draw on Saturday.
Ex-Claret and Middlesbrough defender ‘Parky’, who was joined by close friend David Eyres, was greeted warmly by home and away fans.
The two goal-scoring heroes of Burnley’s 1994 play-off final victory came onto the pitch side by side, accompanied by members of Gary’s family.
Parky has been suffering from ‘locked-in syndrome’ after being hit by a massive stroke in 2010, and made his first public appearance when the Clarets visited the Riv-erside to play Middelsbrough over the Christmas period. However, Saturday was the first time Burnley fans could give a hero’s welcome at a home fixture after he was made guest of honour.
His son, Luke Parkinson, later thanked supporters, tweeting: “Superb reception for my dad at Turf Moor this afternoon, it means a lot - thank-you!”
And daughter Chloe Parkinson added: “Thankyou @BurnleyOfficial for giving my dad such an amazing reception.” An online message on behalf of the Gary Parkinson Trust read: “Thankyou to all the supporters at Turf Moor today for a great reception - it really means a lot. Thank-you.”
And ITV Sport presenter Mike Hall later said he had spent ‘a humbling day in the company of a remarkable family’, as supporters gave him ‘a fantastic ovation’.
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