"That just gave me a little reminder that there are a lot of good people in this world"
Former Town goalkeeping coach, Malcolm Webster, has thanked colleagues from his time at Portman Road - and throughout football - for their support as he receives treatment for prostate cancer.
The ex-Blue, who worked under Joe Royle, George Burley, Paul Jewell and Mick McCarthy in his time at the Club and spent 50 years in the game, was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing a series of tests before beginning intensive radiotherapy in September.
One in eight men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and Malcolm admits that the news took a while to sink in.
“I had some discomfort and went to see my GP. I had my blood pressure taken as part of a check up and was told I had an irregular heartbeat,” the former Arsenal and Cambridge ‘keeper told the Club website.
“That was a bit of a shock. I had some other tests done, had to go back to the GPs the following day and then they checked my prostate and the doc said ‘I’m sorry but you’ve got cancer’. I don’t remember much of what he said after that. It knocked me right back.
“The cancer doesn’t just affect me though; it’s all those around me as well but I’m fortunate that I’ve got a fantastic family, my wife Anne, our children; grandchildren. They’ve all been so supportive.
“I’ve had loads of calls and messages from friends in the game as well. George calls every week or two, Mick rang me from the States; TC [Terry Connor, ex-Town assistant manager], Kelvin Davis [ex Town ‘keeper], Andy Liddell [ex Town fitness coach] and many more. All wishing me the best and that means a lot.
“The kids, grand kids and friends did a 5k charity walk in Cambridge over the weekend to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and that was another proud day for me.
“All the tests so far have been encouraging. The cancer is isolated to the prostate and waiting to be told whether it had spread or not was probably the worst time. The radiotherapy is five days a week for a month and then we will go from there but I’m looking at things positively. You’ve got to.”
As well as family, friends and former colleagues, Malcolm has also received support from the Blue Army, saying: “I was in the barbers the other day. Got to look my best for the docs!
“An Ipswich fan was sitting in the next chair and when he finished having his hair cut, he got up, walked over and put £20 in my hand and said ‘that’s for the charity, good luck’.
“That just gave me a little reminder that there are a lot of good people in this world.”
Everyone at Ipswich Town wishes Malcolm a full and speedy recovery, with the popular former Blue urging men over the age of 50 who have symptoms or have prostate cancer in their family to have a blood test. “It’s a simple procedure and could save your life,” he added.
The Webster family have a JustGiving page to enable donations to Prostate Cancer UK HERE.