West Brom players support ill masseur Derrick Jones

West Bromwich Albion players rallied to send messages of support to a popular member of club staff in his fight against cancer when they wore special T-shirts.

Albion’s Claudio Yacob and Zoltan Gera, right, with ‘Get Well Soon Del’ shirts
Albion’s Claudio Yacob and Zoltan Gera, right, with ‘Get Well Soon Del’ shirts

Baggies players showed their support for ill masseur Derrick Jones at The Hawthorns during the warm-up for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Stoke by displaying the message ‘Get well soon Del’.

The 64-year-old, from Halesowen, was treated for throat cancer earlier this year and remains seriously ill despite a brief return to work at the beginning of the season.

Head coach Steve Clarke said: “Del is one of the masseurs at the club. He’s really not very well and the lads just wanted to send him a little personal message.”

Mr Jones was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer in February. It came as his friend, long-serving kitman Dave Matthews, was recovering from lymphoma.