I was about 12 when I got seriously involved with Newcastle United. There was no academies in those days so we used to play friendlies (locally) and tournaments throughout the country. I always remember it being very competitive and very professional. I lived in Wallsend and left school in July at 16 to join as an apprentice at NUFC and really hit the ground running. My first season at the club,was the last season of Paul Gascoinge and that was an absolute pleasure to see someone of that talent on a daily basis and I was there when the club signed Mirandinha. That was also eventful and enjoyable to be around. I’d been playing with the Youth Team since I was 15 but I had quite a turnaround when I joined full time. I was substitute for the 1st team at 16, but didn’t get on, in a cup tie against Bradford City and then played a couple of friendlies (Queen of the South & Monaco) and then made my debut as a 87th min substitute against Spurs, in the December.
The rest of my NUFC career was sporadic with the odd appearance here and there and I think I made around a dozen appearances, including substitute, and scored my 3 goal for the 1st team in a 2-1 loss against West Ham, which relegated us. If I remember correctly, there was a lot of managerial changes, board changes and a relegation within the short time at the club so there was never a dull moment.
From NUFC I joined Lincoln City, where I had a serious knee injury ACL reconstruction in 1993) and that really hampered the rest of my career.
Culminating in playing and scoring at Wembley for Chesterfield in a Play-Off Final in 1995.
After football finished I just had number of sales jobs and also worked at Derby County and Mansfield Town, as well as last season being the Kit Man at Chesterfield FC.
In December 2013 I got diagnosed with follicular lymphoma, which is Cancer of the lymph glands. This all came about after I found a lump in my neck which had been around for a little while, earlier in September I spoke to the doctors about it and got referred to a hospital in Chesterfield and I went through a number of tests. Eventually, after a scan and ultrasound a biopsy was taken and I was told I’d get the results in 7 days. 4 weeks I waited for the results and saying that I’d had no symptoms or being unwell I was quite confident, even blare say, about getting the all clear. When the doctor said it was Cancer I couldn’t quite believe it and everyone dreads hearing the ‘C’ word.
After a few meetings with consultants I was then transferred under the care of the Weston Park hospital in Sheffield, where it was decided I would under go a course of radiotherapy. This all went well and in July 2014 I was given the all clear and I’ve been clear right up until now and my next appointment is not til March. The only thing that I really live with is that lymphoma can’t be cured but managed so I could wake up tomorrow morning  and it’s reappeared or I could wait 20 years and nothing’s happened.
Since July, I’ve taken 6 months out of work, to really do something’s that I wanted to do. I’ve spent time with my children, taken up golf and travelled a bit. I went to Kansas City on my own to see a friend of mine who works at Sporting KC and watched a couple of MLS games and took in a baseball game as well. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of what I would like to do from now on in and I’ve come to the decision that I would like to ‘give something back’ to the community.
One thing that I am going to do is to visit football clubs and put a support system in place for current footballers, I’d then expand that into ex-pros and all sports people. Also, with what I’m doing for my Arctic challenge, is to develop that into a business. A friend of mine, who’s been helping me with the social media, will work together to start a social enterprise that will help anyone who’s maybe out of work or looking for a change in their life. We will use my experiences as a blue print to point them in the right direction and a guide to training, nutrition and fundraising.
In mid October I signed up to do an Arctic Dog Sled and raise some money for the Lymphoma Association. Since then I’ve been on strict diet and training regime so I’m fit and ready to take on this challenge. On January 30  I fly out to Northern Sweden, inside the Arctic circle where, with a team of another dozen people, and aim to sled over the next 5 days to designate points which will be our homes for the evening.
Each individual will have to take care of your own pack of dogs and as a team you have to work as a team to make sure you have heat and food to survive and cook your food on. On my Facebook page, Frozen Nads for Nodes, I do a daily blog which covers my training program, diet and daily activities.
I also have a JustGiving page which is tonylormor1.
You can follow Anth’s adventures here