Alan Sheehan: I owe Bradford City for helping me deal with my loss

TOUCHED: Alan Sheehan is grateful for the support following his mother’s death

TOUCHED: Alan Sheehan is grateful for the support following his mother’s death

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ALAN Sheehan admits he has been “overwhelmed” by the support from City and the fans since the sudden death of his mother.

Anne passed away the same night that City beat Morecambe in the Capital One Cup. The left back missed the Walsall game after flying to his native Ireland for the funeral but returned for the 3-1 win at Crawley.

Sheehan has been touched by the warmth of the reaction as he tries to come to terms with his loss.

He said: “It’s probably been the hardest week of my life. I was in complete shock when I got the news about mam.

“I missed Walsall and was half-thinking in my head that I was coming back too soon on Tuesday.

“But I felt like I needed to repay the players here, the fans, the staff and everyone at Bradford for the support they have shown. It was overwhelming.

“I will owe them as long as I’m here. I can’t speak highly enough about the countless messages – it’s been unbelievable.

“I’ve not been here long but I’ve been welcomed very well. I need to thank everyone.”

Sheehan spent four days back home but has found that football is the best way of coping.

“I can’t describe how hard it’s been but to get back into the usual routine was the only option.

“If I’m on my own, it’s not really good. I need to be playing football and with the boys and my loved ones.

“Mam wouldn’t want me missing any football. She followed every game that I played and always prayed that it went really well, so I’ll do what she wishes.

“The boys have been brilliant. It’s great to have that support.

“Everybody was together after the game on Tuesday night and it was as good as it could be.

“Moments like that bring people closer together. I would call those boys my family now.”

Unfortunately Sheehan’s mother never got the chance to watch him play for City after his summer move from Notts County.

He added: “She was going to come up to Ireland but unfortunately she was sick.

“But the last game she was alive I scored (a penalty) against Coventry and she was very emotional on the phone. Maybe that was my goodbye goal for her.”

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7:42am Fri 22 Aug 14

undercliffebantam says...

You are part of the Bantams family now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Nice that you scored in the last game your mum was alive.
You are part of the Bantams family now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Nice that you scored in the last game your mum was alive. undercliffebantam
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8:36am Fri 22 Aug 14

Bantam Jay says...

City are a caring club epitomised from events of may 1985 this brought a unique bond between fans and club.
You wear a city shirt with pride unites you into our family. Sad news with your mam and thoughts are with you at these sad times. Let your boots pay ultimate respect too your new family and especially your mam.
City are a caring club epitomised from events of may 1985 this brought a unique bond between fans and club. You wear a city shirt with pride unites you into our family. Sad news with your mam and thoughts are with you at these sad times. Let your boots pay ultimate respect too your new family and especially your mam. Bantam Jay
  • Score: 38

10:45am Fri 22 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

We are all with you on your sad loss. and feel for you. But you owe us nothing.in times like this there is no debt only people thinking of you for which here is no payment I wish you a very successful happy and long stay at Bradford City Remember this is what your MUM would want for you GOD BLESS YOU lawsonio
We are all with you on your sad loss. and feel for you. But you owe us nothing.in times like this there is no debt only people thinking of you for which here is no payment I wish you a very successful happy and long stay at Bradford City Remember this is what your MUM would want for you GOD BLESS YOU lawsonio lawsonio123
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10:45am Fri 22 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

We are all with you on your sad loss. and feel for you. But you owe us nothing.in times like this there is no debt only people thinking of you for which here is no payment I wish you a very successful happy and long stay at Bradford City Remember this is what your MUM would want for you GOD BLESS YOU lawsonio
We are all with you on your sad loss. and feel for you. But you owe us nothing.in times like this there is no debt only people thinking of you for which here is no payment I wish you a very successful happy and long stay at Bradford City Remember this is what your MUM would want for you GOD BLESS YOU lawsonio lawsonio123
  • Score: 8

3:52pm Fri 22 Aug 14

hepworth_123 says...

Your loss is the fans loss has a family we will help you grow strong, and have your mum smile in her peaceful place, Gobs bless your mum Alan and we are all here for you.

RIP
Your loss is the fans loss has a family we will help you grow strong, and have your mum smile in her peaceful place, Gobs bless your mum Alan and we are all here for you. RIP hepworth_123
  • Score: 12

4:08pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Waynus1971 says...

Having gone through the same thing as Alan only a few years ago, I can sympathise with him completely. It will obviously be a very traumatic time for him and his family and my prayers are with him. When you lose someone as close as your mum, you do feel like yo have nothing to live for. Time is a great healer, but he will stil be suffering over the coming weeks, months and years. It's still raw for me (and my siblings) even a few years later.

Glad to hear he has the support of the club and players at this sad time. He will need as many of his friends around him as he can get, to help him through this.

RIP Anne Sheehan and God Bless Alan and hs family.
Having gone through the same thing as Alan only a few years ago, I can sympathise with him completely. It will obviously be a very traumatic time for him and his family and my prayers are with him. When you lose someone as close as your mum, you do feel like yo have nothing to live for. Time is a great healer, but he will stil be suffering over the coming weeks, months and years. It's still raw for me (and my siblings) even a few years later. Glad to hear he has the support of the club and players at this sad time. He will need as many of his friends around him as he can get, to help him through this. RIP Anne Sheehan and God Bless Alan and hs family. Waynus1971
  • Score: 7

8:43pm Fri 22 Aug 14

bantam10 says...

She will be with you on the pitch every game mate.
Frank Lampard went through a similar experience with his mum.
That's why he points up to the sky when he scores.
Your with one big family now Alan. The City fans love you already.
Hope you have a great season with us and enjoy your time while at city.
She will be with you on the pitch every game mate. Frank Lampard went through a similar experience with his mum. That's why he points up to the sky when he scores. Your with one big family now Alan. The City fans love you already. Hope you have a great season with us and enjoy your time while at city. bantam10
  • Score: 14

6:48pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Michael Clayton says...

I think it takes courage to go back out there after such a devastating event. Good luck to him.
I think it takes courage to go back out there after such a devastating event. Good luck to him. Michael Clayton
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