Interview with Joe Thompson: Beating Cancer Twice and Scoring the Fairytale Goal
Updated: Jan 21, 2019
I am joined by Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson.
Thompson has made 255 appearances in his pro career and scored 26 goals in his 13 year career. He's played mostly for Rochdale, Carlisle and Tranmere in League One and Two. Why hasn't he played more?
In October of 2013 at the age of 23 Joe was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form cancer. And then in 2017, he was diagnosed with cancer again. He beat cancer both times. As you would imagine it's a gripping and emotional story.
In this episode he'll also discuss moving from Manchester United's academy to Rochdale's, the financial reality for League 1 or League 2 players, veganism in football and answer the question, do player mixtapes actual get players signed?
If you want to learn more about his story, read his autobiography, Darkness and Light: My Story. I can't recommend it enough. You can buy it here. If you want to see clips of this interview then go to my youtube channel, This Football Life.
Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on Joe or any other episode. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:52 Playing at United's Academy
16:50 Going from Manchester United to Rochdale
20:57 Finding out he had cancer
30:17 How football helped him fight cancer
35:53 Re-entering football post-football
42:21 The financial reality of being a League 1 or 2 player
49:14 Demo tapes for coaches
58:35 Being vegan
1:03:30 What cancer taught him about football