Byline: PAT MURPHY
This is the first day of the rest of Geoff Thomas's life. The former Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and England player is today in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, hoping that he'll be able to beat leukaemia.
The past six months since he knew he had the disease have passed in a blur but now he just wants to get on with it. At 39, age and natural fitness are on his side but he knows it's wasteful to assume anything.
His sister, Kay, will provide a bone marrow next week and, if that transplant works, six months of harsh treatment lie ahead and another five years before he can say he's in the clear.
He said: 'I feel for Kay, she's a nurse and is a natural worrier. She's just ticking off the days.'
Geoff hasn't lost his whimsical approach to life. He was touched by the reception he got from the Crystal Palacecrowd when he went back to his old club to head a collection for the Leukaemia …