Bristol Rovers former players donates £500 in memory of Junior Agogo.

Published on: 09 December 2019

Former players Association of Bristol Rovers  has donated £500 to the National Brain Appeal Aphasia Service in memory of their legend Junior Agogo.

the 40-year-old died in August after suffering stroke aged 36 which left him with speech and language difficulties.

He made 140 appearances for Rovers between 2003 and 2006, scoring 40 goals and was a huge fan favourite at the Mem.

The National Brain Appeal is fundraising for a new high dose of 100 hours of therapy for patients with aphasia. The charity is raising £600,000 to fund the two-year programme, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Agogo told the National Brain Appeal in 2018: “Since my stroke I have had difficulties with language. Even though I know what words I want to say I’m anxious about getting the words wrong.

"I just want to speak like I did before the stroke, that’s all. The high-dose aphasia therapy service would hugely benefit people like me to overcome these problems.”

Keith Brookman from the BRFPA said: “Junior’s death has touched everyone at the club where he was such a popular figure. We at the Bristol Rovers Former Players Association wanted to find a way to honour his memory.

"We know how much he struggled with aphasia following his stroke. One of the biggest challenges he faced was his ability to communicate clearly, thus leaving him isolated from friends and former team mates.