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Joe Thompson To Launch Book At Crown Oil Arena This Wednesday

17 October 2018

Dale’s Joe Thompson is launching his autobiography – Darkness and Light: My Story – and you have the chance to meet him!

Joe’s book is set for release to the public on Monday 22nd October, but will be available to purchase exclusively from the RAFC Club Shop on Wednesday 17th October, from 4pm-6pm.

Fans will have the chance to meet Joe, purchase his book and have it signed by the man himself.

We hope to see you there!



Darkness and Light: My Story is the heart-wrenching and soul-stirring autobiography of Joe, a footballer and two-time cancer survivor.

His mother's battle with mental illness and father's descent into a life of drugs and crime saw him battle adversity from birth. Football opened up a new world of opportunity when Manchester United signed him, aged nine.

Joe spent six years living every boy's dream but was left devastated when the club released him at 16. He bounced back to forge a career in the Football League, before his life was thrown into turmoil. At 23, he was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. Six months of chemotherapy followed, which eventually rid his body of the disease.

He had been given a second chance at life, but three years later he was given the shock news that his cancer had returned.  An 18-day stay in an isolation unit reduced him to skin and bone, but he vowed that he wouldn't be beaten.

For a second time, Joe gave cancer the boot and he has since made an incredible return to professional football, appearing for Dale at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup fifth round replay, as well as scoring the goal that meant Dale survived relegation from League One on the final day of the season.

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