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Ex-Arsenal, Sheffield Utd, Swansea midfielder reveals cancer diagnosis

Ex-Arsenal, Sheffield Utd, Swansea City midfielder Charlie Hartfield sadly reveals his cancer diagnosis via social media.

The 50 year old took to his personal Twitter account to share the news to his followers, and has been flooded with messages of support since.

The former Blade announced that he is currently undergoing a seven-week course of chemotherapy and says he is ready for the fight.

In a heartfelt message, Hartfield wrote: “It’s with great sadness that I have to tell you that cancer has decided to come and lodge with me for a while.

“I’ve started a seven-week course of Chemo and Radio.

“It’s very tough as I am frightened, scared and feel vulnerable but now the fight begins.

“To all those going through cancer, remember you are not alone. Talking about things really does help.

“We are never alone.”

Twitter reaction reacted as the ex-Arsenal, Sheffield Utd, Swansea midfielder reveals his cancer diagnosis, see what they wrote below, some of which he retweeted…

@paul10shaw: Chaz stay strong mate, you can beat this

@midgley_neil: Sending best wishes Charlie. Remember that waist high tackle you did on Chris Waddle at Hillsborough which finished his season? Do that to cancer πŸ™πŸ€žπŸ’ͺ

@64Srr: I know what you are going through Charlie, all the best in your fight, stay strong.

@colinmounsey: So sorry to hear this chaz- keeping everything crossed the treatment does the trick. All the best, col

@ChrisHu45292304: Sorry to read this Chaz. Take it on and smash it the Hartfield way. Wishing you well in your recovery buddy. β€πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

@bobbysands71: That’s terrible news, take care Charlie, thinking of you mate. You’re a born fighter and you’ll conquer this as well!! Blades family will always be there for you!

@markbeard37: So sorry to hear your news chocolate. Your a fighter though mate and will beat it mate. X

@HalTheBlade: All Blades behind you Charlie. If you ever need someone to talk to or just to listen then my DMs are always open.

@GibbardGlen: Very sad to read chaz, keep strong keep fight, you will come through this challenge , our thoughts are with you pal πŸ’™πŸ’™

@DerekFrenchMSST: Keep going Chas, we’re fighting with you mate. x

@johnny5raimondi: Charlie, I loved you as a player mate & we could do with some of that heart ourselves right now. That’s only football though- I know you’ve had other battles you’ve had to show character & resilience with too. That’s what’ll get you through pal πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

@FishendenP: Gutted to read this Chaz, sincerely wish you all the best through you treatment you’ve beaten a few things and this will be tough but you can do it Pal, much love πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼

@HoylandJamie: Sending love, best wishes and positive thoughts, you are a born fighter Charlie you will beat it x

@joemanglesmalls: First player I ever met at Bramall Lane. Presented the player of the month award with a few other lads from TCs Saturday club. Wishing you a speedy recovery

@bladesman5: Good luck @chazhartfield – come and ring a bell and sink a few at the Lane when you’re through this βš”οΈβš”οΈ

@declankenny94: Keep fighting Charlie. Thanks for best training sessions as a young lad, always grateful xx

@markbeard37: So sorry to hear your news chocolate. Your a fighter though mate and will beat it mate. X

@IanRidley1: With you Charlie. I was diagnosed in 2009 and had 7 weeks of radio. Still going. Thinking of you mate.

@Mlbolger: Sorry to hear that news Charlie. Know you have the strength to fight it. Keeping all crossed for you πŸ”΄πŸ€žβšͺ️🀞⚫️🀞

@IanMcSheffield: Sorry to see that Charlie. If you fight half as hard as you did on the pitch you have a great chance of coming through it.

@retrofootballnw: All the best to you Charlie. Take care and never stop fighting.

@SheffWedWOTMT: Awful news but you have your game head on. All the best for your fight. Lots of people are with you.

@DarrenArsenal1: Wishing you all the best Charlie

@boothysufc: Keep fighting Chaz

@rakb1889: Good luck Charlie. We are all with you.

@AndyPackMedia: Cancer doesn’t know what it has let itself in for…

Charlie Hartfield is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

He started out at Arsenal, turning professional in 1989, but never made a first-team appearance. He left Arsenal in 1990 for Sheffield United and went on to play for Fulham (on loan), Swansea City, Lincoln City (on loan), Telford United (on loan), Halifax Town and Ilkeston Town.

During his playing career, Hartfield suffered from a gambling addiction, and in 2006 he still owed debts of “Β£40,000 or Β£50,000”.

Charlie Hartfield most recently worked as a scout for Championship outfit Sheffield United. In February 2015, he was jailed for nine years and one month after admitting conspiracy to supply amphetamine and cannabis.

HIS CAREER:

Senior career
1989–1991 – Arsenal
1991–1997 – Sheffield United – 57 games (1 goal)
1997 β†’ Fulham (loan)
1997–2001 – Swansea City – 22 games (2 goals)
1997 β†’ Lincoln City (loan) – 3 games (1 goal)
1999–2000 β†’ Telford United (loan) – 20 games (3 goals)
2002 – Halifax Town – 2 games (2 goals)
2002 – Ilkeston Town

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