FORMER Witton Albion striker Geoff Horsfield has been forced to retire from football after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The ex-Premiership forward from Barnsley played at Wincham Park in 1996 under Ray Ranson and is remembered by Wittoners for his strength and his character.
It was also the time when millionaire Terry Warrender, who left the club following a brain haemorrhage, was at the helm as chairman.
Horsfield, who played 26 times and scored six goals for Albion during his stay at Wincham, underwent surgery last week and says he has been told he stands a good chance of making a full recovery.
The 34-year-old, bought for £10,000 from Guiseley, made his debut for Witton against leek Town on New Year’s Day 1996 but left the club for Halifax Town in October that year.
Unfortunately, Witton did not include a sell-on clause when they sold Horsfield and missed out on a share of the £325,000 paid for his services by Fulham.
Albion assistant secretary Geoff Metcalf, who was the club’s treasurer while Horsfield was playing, recalls an incident involving the popular hitman.
He said: “Terry Warrender had given Geoff a car to help him get to training but when he couldn’t get it back, Terry told the manager not to give him any wages.
“After the game, as treasurer I gave out the wage envelopes but he didn’t get one.
“He pinned me up against the wall and Colin Rose had to pull him off me!
“But he was a good player, down to earth, full of heart and a good striker.”
Speaking to the national Press, Horsfield said: “The surgeon has told me that this is the end of my professional career.
“But I’ve had 10 good years with Fulham, Birmingham, Wigan, West Brom and all the other clubs I’ve played for and enjoyed it.”