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Former City star's wife tells of player's devastating dementia battle

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14.05.2022

The wife of former Norwich City player and manager John Deehan has revealed heartbreaking details of her husband's fight with dementia.

The 64-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago and his condition has worsened ever since - to the point his family need to constantly monitor him.

Linda Deehan, his wife of 43 years, said they had first noticed signs of the illness when he was in his mid-fifties when he began to get more and more forgetful.

Norwich City Football Club celebrations after winning the 1985 Milk Cup final with a 1-0 win over Sunderland. From left to right, Chris Woods (goalkeeper), Dave Watson, John Deehan and Steve Bruce. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

She said: "John and I have both always been very particular people who do things in very meticulous ways. All the jobs around the house would be done in a particular way and in particular orders.

"But I started to notice that John would do things we would never previously have done - he would start jobs and not finish them, leave cupboard doors unlocked, get out of the car after journeys and leave the door open, things like that."

As his condition worsened, it began to impact his work in what would be his final role in football as part of the coaching team at Sheffield Wednesday.

She said: "He would come away from matches and just not be able to piece together match reports and get so frustrated with himself because he just could not remember things. For a while he took a dictaphone to try and record verbal notes but they'd end up as gobbledygook.

"It is such a shame [that he had to give up working in football] because the game is all he's ever known and never really had any other interests, which he why he has found things so hard."

John Deehan, pictured during his return to Norwich City as chief scout in 2009 - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2009........

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