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Football fans send support to Bristol Rovers defender after cancer diagnosis

Football fans across the country send their support to Bristol Rovers defender Nick Anderton after his cancer diagnosis this week.

The 26 year old is to have an operation in the coming weeks after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

He returned for pre-season in June with his teammates just a month after winning promotion from League Two, but didn’t feature in any pre-season fixtures after the discovery.


Bristol Rovers can confirm that defender Nick Anderton has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

As a result of this, Nick will undergo an operation in the coming weeks to remove this part of the bone.

Nick has issued the following statement: “Unfortunately, this rare form of cancer which is affecting my femur means that I’ll be undergoing an operation in the coming weeks.

“This diagnosis has come as a huge shock to both myself and my family; however, we are remaining positive and hopeful.

“I want to thank everyone at Bristol Rovers, especially Club Doctor Ian Ferguson and Head of Medical Stuart Leake, the specialists at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham and my family for their continued support.

I want to wish the boys all the best for the upcoming season, starting this Saturday back at The Mem. Hopefully I can be swinging off another traffic light on Gloucester Road come May! 🚦

Nick 💙”

CEO Tom Gorringe added: “Everyone at Bristol Rovers shares our sympathies for Nick at this difficult time and we will do everything possible to help support Nick and his family during his recovery.

“I am sure everyone will want to show their support for Nick, which will help him immensely as he recovers.

“I would also ask that everyone shows respect for his and his family’s privacy during this time.”

As mentioned, football fans send support to the Bristol Rovers defender after his cancer diagnosis…

@BristolOli: Stay Strong Nick ❤️

@oliwalsall: Best of luck fighting this nick from the Walsall family

@brfcharry2: awful news get well soon nick

@_USACherries: Thoughts and prayers are with you ❤️

@SteveHembury: Good luck with your treatment and get well soon Nick! 🍊🧡

@GasHarry15: Get well soon

@Ry_Ry91: No rivalry in times like this. Wishing him a full recovery and hope he’s back playing again 💙

@WolvesFirst: Get well soon ❤

@djrsummers: 💙 top bloke.

@jugglingmum2011: Omg this is such sad news! Sending best wishes and kindest thoughts Nick #UTG 💙

@harry_holder7: Get well soon Nick! Sure you’ll be back on the pitch in no time mate 🔵⚪️

@EdJacobs14; awful news, speedy recovery 💙💙

@swanseagas: All thoughts with Nick and family. Know The Gas will give every support possible. Thousands with you, Nick.

@tangerinelisa: Thoughts are with you, hope for a good recovery, stay positive

@GasheadAshley: All with you @nickanderton_ you are one of us and we love shiniesta. Stay strong and you have the full Gashead support behind you 💙💙

@sjreynolds1883: 💙💙 with you all the way! You’ve got this.

@BRFCfanluke14: Hope u get well soon nick Thankyou for all your efforts and hope to see you in a rovers shirt soon

@catterallwhite: Best wishes Nick 💙


@CraigWallberg: @nickanderton_ Get well soon Nick. You are one of us and if you need anything just let any gashead know and you got it. we can’t wait to see you swinging on the traffic lights again in May. Speedy recovery mate. #UTG

@Foulkesy5: Thoughts are with you @nickanderton_! Me and my family will keep everything crossed for you and your family mate! Hope everything goes to plan and you get on the road to recovery asap! All the best!

@eadebcfc1: That’s terrible news & best wishes on a speedy recovery. You got this Nick.

@Martincook81: All the best mate from myself & Everyone at Bradford City 👍❤️

@BrianCarterGas1: Blimey, this is such sad news. But I wish Nick all the very best with the treatment and full and healthy recovery. Sending you all my love and best wishes.

@mattsattack9: I’m so sorry Nick. All the best for your operation and thanks the memories


NHS Choices – Cancer


Comprehensive overview to cancer with extensive links to specific conditions.

MacMillan Cancer Care

Helpline: 0808 808 00 00 to talk to a cancer nurse


We are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It’s not only patients who live with cancer, we also help carers, families and communities. We guide people through the system, supporting them every step of the way. If you have any questions about cancer, need support, or if you just want someone to talk to, call the free helpline.

Cancer Help UK

Helpline: 0808 800 4040


CancerHelp UK is a free information service about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families.

Cancer Support UK


Cancer Support UK provides practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, both during and after the treatment period. We support people with all kinds of cancer across the UK.

Maggie’s Centres


Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. Our Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people; places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Shine Cancer Support


Our vision is that every adult in the UK diagnosed with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s can access the help and support that they need in a way that suits their lifestyle, and are a part of a confident, supportive and empowered community of young adults with cancer. Our mission is to provide tailored information and peer support for anyone diagnosed with any cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s through a range of activities.

Ellie’s Friends


Ellie’s Friends is an online platform that enables adults living with cancer to access free and discounted services or products in their area. Our goal is to give adults living with cancer the opportunity to enjoy life, not just survive it! Equally importantly, we understand that there are already a huge number of amazing charities and support groups that provide vital services for adults living with cancer. However, it is often the case that people don’t know where to find these services. By enabling people to search for services by postcode Ellie’s Friends acts as a central directory for cancer charities that offer services to adults living with cancer.

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