Diagnosed with motor neurone disease earlier this year, Tony, wife Sue and sons Daniel, Jack and Adam were invited to Carlisle United’s match v. Portsmouth at Brunton Park recently. It was an emotional day for the Hopper family but the Carlisle United supporters rallied round their popular former player in his hour of need.
Now Reds want to follow suit and show their support for Tony as he battles the condition.
Tony and members of his family have been invited to the match and will have a meal in the Shankly Lounge before the game. Our former captain will walk down the tunnel and acknowledge the crowd before kick-off.
After making over a hundred appearances for his hometown club, Tony became a Red and appeared in 269 games for Workington, fifty-four of which as skipper. His career spanned nine seasons at Borough Park with the 2007-08 campaign probably his best – voted Players’ Player of the Year and making fifty appearances, Tony was inspirational throughout.
He is even more inspirational now and Reds supporters are keen to acknowledge his contribution to the club and the impact he has made throughout Cumbria
Updated 07:18 - 15 Mar 2017 by Paul Armstrong