Awful news afflicting one of Ian Branfoot’s old Fulham side who later became the club’s Safety Officer.
A HOST of ex-Saints stars are coming to the aid of one of their own, Kevin Moore, after he was struck down with a rare form of dementia.
The 51-year-old, who scored Saints’ last Wembley goal, was diagnosed with Pick’s Disease about two years ago.
The Daily Echo has thrown its weight behind the campaign to support Kevin.
The illness, similar to Alzheimer’s, is a form of frontotemporal dementia and generally affects people aged under 65, particularly men.
It has become progressively worse since the diagnosis.
Moore, who also played for Grimsby, Oldham and Fulham, made 185 appearances for Saints, from 1987 to 1994, scoring 13 goals.
He scored the second in Saints’ 3-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the 1992 Zenith Data Systems final.
He lives in Otterbourne with his wife Mandy, but requires care seven days a week at the White House, in Curdridge.
To help finance his visits to the centre, as well as support the family, a group of friends, fans and former colleagues have arranged a charity fundraiser.
They will hold a golf day at Meon Valley in April, followed by a dinner, complete with an auction and raffle.
Richard Becheley is one of the chief organisers of the event, along with friend of the Moores, Ian Ritchie.
They are also receiving help from Lisa Catlin and Saints legend Matt Le Tissier.
Becheley told the Daily Echo why he wanted to help.
“Kevin Moore was the hero of my brother, Simon,” he said.
“I still remember the Zenith Data Systems Cup final at Wembley when he scored.
“I remember seeing pictures of him and the likes of Glenn Cockerill stood by children’s beds at the hospital and I thought someone has got to do something for him now.
“I was caddying for Matt on his golf day last year and he mentioned it then.
“I was shocked to hear what had happened, so I wanted to help.”
Becheley has received sponsorship and prize donations from many local businesses “The support has been unbelievable,”
he said. “The interest in the day has been huge.”
Le Tissier has been busy lining up former Saints stars to captain the golf teams on the day.
Already, the likes of Claus Lundekvam, Francis Benali, Jimmy Case, Iain Dowie and many more have been confirmed.
Le Tissier said it was a cause very close to all of their hearts.
“We are all doing it to support Kevin and Mandy Moore, who are going through some very tough times at the moment,” he said.
“It’s not nice to see one of your old mates suffering, so we are doing what we can to help.
“He’s always been a very solid, dependable and trustworthy guy.
“My abiding memory was him scoring in the Zenith Data Systems final, when he rose like a salmon.
“It was amazing how high he managed to get.
“It was the only time I’ve seen a guy head the ball downwards and into the top corner.”
All the golf teams have already been sold, but a limited number of tickets remain for the dinner.
Caddy positions for the ex- Saints and team captains are being auctioned off.
Bids should be emailed to Richard Becheley at email@example.com If not enough are received, the caddy positions will be auctioned on eBay.
Due to the high demand for the golf day, Becheley and co are planning more events in aid of Moore.
Anyone interested in tickets, or providing sponsorship or raffle prizes, can contact Richard Becheley on 07876 778891.
Letters, cards and donations can be sent to The Kevin Moore Benefit Fund, 1 St Simon Close, Locks Heath, Southampton SO31 6DH.
Even as a very young supporter in those days, it was more obvious that Kevin never gave less than 100%. It’s time for the fans to rally round him now. Get well soon, mate.
Yep. Metioned this on FoF the other day but one of my best memories of the Branfoot years was Kevin Moore scoring a towering header to equalise against Walsall. A day when I realised we weren’t going to walk straight back out of the basement division and fell a huge flood of relief when we rescued a home point.
I am the co-moderator of FTD Support Forum. http://www.ftdsupportforum.com FTD is short for Fronto Temporal Dementia.
I am sure we can provide support and advice to Kevin and his family.
This is a serious offer of support, please do not ignore!
Can someone please pass on my details to Kevin Moore’s family.
Peter – I personally can’t, but will see if I can get in touch with someone who can and email you. Thanks for your very thoughtful offer.
Hi All – this is very sad news. Unfortunately footballers who have been fit and healthy all their lives are not immune – it strikes anywhere and anyone. And more unfortunately ‘young onset’ dementia is not as uncommon as once thought – about 18,000 diagnoses of dementia are made each year in people under 65 – many of these people being fit and healthy in other ways. And of course this hits hardest someone Kevin’s age – in his prime – and of course his wife and family who will have perhaps been looking forward to a new phase of life. It is marvelous you are taking action to help Kevin and his family and I wish you great success. But can I share some good news with you? Just two weeks ago a new service was launched at Southampton Football Club to help all families in the Southampton area that are affected by dementia – the Admiral Nursing service. These are trained specialist dementia care nurses who work in the community supporting the whole family affected and enabling the main carer, often the spouse or partner, to maintain care at home, which is where most people wish to remain – for as long as possible. If you have the personal contact details of Kevin Moore’s family do pass on the contact details of the Southampton Admiral Nurses to them – 02380 711744 – Admiral Nurses Sharon, Jeni and Karen are there to help. Look at http://www.fordementia.org.uk for more information. Could someone who is leading the campaign for Kevin get in touch via my email address (I give permission for that to be forwarded if necessary)? Good luck and best wishes – Rhonda – for an on behalf of the charity for dementia and their Admiral Nurses.