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    The fall from grace continues as he joins Southport on loan.

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    Calmest man on the pitch today as he scored the goal which clinched Newport Countys survival in the Football League at the expense of Hartlepool.
    http://www.skysports.com/football/ne...otts-co/359762

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    Was just reading about it, delighted for him (and a little for Hartlepool after Stelling's antics).

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_denilson View Post
    Calmest man on the pitch today as he scored the goal which clinched Newport Countys survival in the Football League at the expense of Hartlepool.
    http://www.skysports.com/football/ne...otts-co/359762
    Unusually these days to see a proper football pitch, ie worn patch and mud etc....

    Doubt Roy Keane would want to have to train on that!

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    I couldn't help notice a Balls.ie tweet on Saturday saying "Incredible scenes. Absolutely gutted for Jeff."

    They did make a 'by the way' reference to "Dubliner Mark O'Brien" in the article that went along with the tweet, but you'd think for any self respecting Irish sports website that would have been the story.

    Or, indeed, as one person also replied, "Forget over the top Jeff, more gutted for @padraigamond21".

    Anyway, the BBC paid a nice little tribute to Newport's great escape...

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39839371

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    Mark O'Brien, a name which will forever be remembered by Jeff Stelling of Sky Sports:

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/f...ndits-12998097

    The three different reactions are what we have all felt at times and this time I don't think it's just Sky hype.
    Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.

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    Extensive and very good interview with O'Brien on Newstalk while ago. Was going around on circles for a bit at the start but I'd blame the questions more than him for that. Worth listening til the end I think when it's up on the podcast.

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    Interview here... might have to skip past a little bit at the start.

    http://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/Off...l__Mark_OBrien

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    Has to retire due to his ongoing heart problems, only 27: https://www.newport-county.co.uk/new...ub-news-15-06/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    Has to retire due to his ongoing heart problems, only 27: https://www.newport-county.co.uk/new...ub-news-15-06/
    A shame. A serious prospect at one point nailing down a starting position at centre back in the Championship at just 19. He'll always have this at least -


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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_c12000 View Post
    One aspect of the article that really surprised me was that Mark got a pig's valve. (“They took my aortic valve out and replaced it with a pig’s aortic valve).
    Pig valves are a lot less durable than metal mechanical valves and are generally reserved for more elderly patients. Typically they may have a life span of 10 years. The one major advantage of using them is that the patient does not have to go on blood thinners. Maybe this was a deciding factor when they were making the decision as playing competitive football on a daily basis would increase the risk of trauma and thus increase the bleeding risk. (This is me just musing outloud. Really can't say for certain as I have very little experience in that area). Metal mechanical valves require life long blood thinners but can last the lifetime of the patient.

    The bottom line is that Mark will require more open heart surgery in his late 20s/early 30s. Just wondering if anyone knows if this is the norm for participants in contact sports to go with pig valves to "get through" their sporting careers, then undergo the traumatic stress of another open heart surgery to get a metal valve in?? It seems to me like a admirable brave decision to pursue his dream of being a professional footballer.
    Timeframe as expected. But gave his professional career every chance so very admirable. Such a shame for such a talented footballer. Wishing him all the best with his future health and endeavors

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    Interviewed on the Life Outside Of Sport podcast
    https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR...gxYWMzZDM4Y2E3

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