Secret behind ex-Owls star’s fitness

Rodger Wylde in his playing days - but at 59 he still looks well enough to play now
Rodger Wylde in his playing days - but at 59 he still looks well enough to play now
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Rodger Wylde is 59 but has changed so little since his playing days that he looks as if he could play in his Stockport v Wednesday testimonial game tomorrow.

The County physio and former Owls star trains six days a week and watches what he eats.

His determination to keep in trim stems from a successful battle against testicular cancer which he has only just revealed.

He was then with Barnsley and missed the whole of the Reds’ 1985-86 season.

“I realised there was something wrong. I didn’t know what it was,” Wylde told The Star. “I had tests, then an operation and treatment.

“It wasn’t as high profile as it is now. I can’t remember how my absence was explained. I think the club must have said I was injured.

“The club were great. I got fit, got back playing.

“When I was diagnosed, I wasn’t even thinking about my playing career; I was thinking about my life.

“It gave me a new perspectivee, made me more positive, and I think it’s one of the reasons why I look after myself like I do.”

His 25 years’ service to Stockport is being marked by tomorrow’s game (7.45).

His book, in which his recovery from cancer is detailed as well as many tales from his colourful career, will be launched on July 27.

Carlton Palmer, one of many big names to figure in the book, has been confirmed as a participant.

Palmer, aged 47, will be player-boss of Stockport, whom he used to manager, and be in action against the club where he was one of the biggest stars of the Nineties.

Dave Jones will use his first-team squad but give cameo appearances to Owls legends David Hirst and Chris Waddle.