Kris Taylor thanks Walsall fans for their support

A footballer has thanked fans for their support after his diagnosis and treatment for testicular cancer.

Ex-Walsall star Kris Taylor
Ex-Walsall star Kris Taylor

Hednesford Town player Kris Taylor, from Cannock, played and scored the day after he was given the news of the disease.

The 30-year-old underwent an operation last month and has been continuing to receive treatment.

He took to Twitter to reveal he has been undergoing chemotherapy at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and decided to shave his hair off.

The popular player has been inundated with messages of support, including fans of his former team Walsall where fans have been marking the 15th minute of games with applause. He wore the number 15 shirt at the Banks’s Stadium and made more than 90 appearances, including being part of the League Two title-winning side in 2006/07.

In a message on the Saddlers official website the father of one said: “Obviously since being diagnosed with testicular cancer, my world has been turned upside down.”

“The worry of whether things will be okay, what treatment I will need and, due to my love of football, when I am going to play again have been going through my mind. Luckily those questions have been answered and my prognosis is very good. During this tough time, my wife has been amazing and so too have my parents. Most people know that they can rely on family and close friends for support, but I have also been overwhelmed and touched by the support that I have received from the ‘football community’.

“I have also heard about the gesture by the Walsall fans. Having a minute’s applause during the 15th minute of matches has left me lost for words...which certainly takes some doing, I can tell you.

“I just wanted the opportunity to say a massive thank you to the super Saddlers’ supporters.

“Hopefully the team can give you the success that you all richly deserve.”