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In The Media | Joe Thompson Interviews

22 October 2018


In The Media | Joe Thompson Interviews

22 October 2018

Joe Thompson, before his official book launch in the Club Shop, met with a whole host of journalists to discuss 'Darkness & Light', his battle against cancer and the goal that kept Rochdale in League One.

Here are the links to some of those interviews:

The Daily Mail > 

The Guardian > 

The Manchester Evening News >  

The Telegraph > 

Rochdale Online > 

Joe's book 'Darkness & Light' is available to buy in the Dale Club Shop, priced at £16.99. Get yours in-store or online at


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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