The truth is they don’t know what headers do to people.” ‘Justice for Jeff’ is not remotely about compensation; it is about awareness.One hopes that the love that football fans continue to hold for their old heroes will inspire appropriate action to make life safer for the Astles of today and tomorrow.Arsenal versus Manchester City might have stolen the prime broadcast slot and most of the headlines, but the biggest game of the Premier League weekend was arguably West Bromwich Albion’s 3-3 thriller against Cardiff City – certainly in terms of the impact success or failure in the battle to avoid relegation will have on either club’s finances.Noise levels at The Hawthorns were certainly befitting of the occasion’s importance.According to the highly respected neuro-pathologist Dr.
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England lost, and although Astle was picked to start against Czechoslovakia, he again failed to score, was dropped for the quarter-final loss to West Germany, and never appeared for his country again.
A classic centre forward, he formed a devastating double threat with his roommate and best friend, the inside forward Tony Brown, who remained at The Hawthorns until 1981 and continues to hold the club’s all-time goal record with 279.
During their career together, the Baggies reached four major finals in four years; Astle scoring in the first leg of their League Cup final win over West Ham United in 1966. Though more renowned for his heading, Astle hit a right-footed shot which was blocked by the opposing captain, Brian Labone, before rifling home the rebound with his weaker left for the game’s only goal three minutes into extra time.
The player’s widow, Laraine, told the last month: “Every slice of Jeff’s brain had trauma in it.