Wednesday 18 October 2017

'He has suffered the last few years' - John Giles on the struggle of his World Cup-winning brother-in-law suffering from Alzheimer's

12th December 1969: Manchester United and England footballer Nobby Stiles. (Photo by Mike McLaren/Central Press/Getty Images)
12th December 1969: Manchester United and England footballer Nobby Stiles. (Photo by Mike McLaren/Central Press/Getty Images)
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John Giles has opened up on the struggles of his brother-in-law, Nobby Stiles, the World Cup-winning England legend suffering from Alzheimer's.

The former midfield enforcer now lives in a care home, and was the subject of an article this week where his sons revealed that the family had got little help from the Professional Footballers Association and Manchester United, his former club.

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As well as winning the World Cup in 1966, Stiles was a part of the United team that won the European Cup in 1968. Giles played with Stiles at Old Trafford until 1963, and the United legend is married to his sister Kay.

"He has had it for a few years, there's no such thing as a good Alzheimer's but he has a bad one, a tormented one," Giles said, speaking on tonight's Off The Ball show on Newstalk.

"He has suffered and Kay has suffered in the last few years."

Giles also said that his sister was reluctant to publicise the story, or to go to the PFA looking for help.

"In Nobby's case there has been no approach to Kay from the Professional Footballers Association," Giles said.

"As far as I know, there is a policy that you have to approach them [for help] and Kay wouldn't do that anyway. Most people wouldn't. You are putting out the begging bowl and most people have their pride."

Stiles won 28 caps for England and made 395 appearances for Man United over 11 seasons.

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