Leeds United legends reminisce with Harrogate dementia residents


Last updated May 19, 2022
Tony Dorigo, Eddie Gray and Paul Reaney spent time with residents and staff

Leeds United legends Eddie Gray, Tony Dorigo and Paul Reaney have visited a care home in Harrogate to reminisce about their playing days with residents who have dementia.

The ex-players were at Vida Healthcare’s new facility Vida Court on Beckwith Head Road.

The trio spoke about highlights from Leeds games over the past few decades and major career moments.

Staff also set up goals in the garden for residents to have a kickabout with the players.

It’s 50 years since Eddie Gray and Paul Reaney won the FA Cup as part of Don Revie’s famous side, and 30 years since Tony Dorigo won the First Division title under Howard Wilkinson.

Several players in the Don Revie team have suffered from dementia in recent years, including Jack Charlton and Gordon McQueen.

Sharon Oldfield, home manager at Vida Court, said:

“Activities like this are so important for our residents and they had a fantastic time meeting Tony, Eddie and Paul and sharing a pie and pint with them.

“Wellbeing and life enrichment is crucial to the lives of our residents. This special day was all about reminiscence and nostalgia, and it brought back special memories for everyone in attendance.

“Events and visits like this are crucial for encouraging residents to remember moments in their lives, and building strong bonds with staff.”

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A resident with Paul Reaney

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