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The family of Jeff Astle launched The Jeff Astle Foundation on April 11th 2015.
For over 40 years Jeff Astle was known for his outstanding footballing career at Notts County and West Bromwich Albion, scorer of the winning goal in the 1968 FA Cup Final (1 of only 7 players in the history of the FA Cup to score in every round) and a member of Sir Alf Ramsey’s 1970 World Cup Squad.
From May 2014, he will be remembered as the first British professional footballer confirmed to have
died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),
a progressive, degenerative brain disease found in individuals (usually athletes) with a history of head injury, often as a result of multiple concussions. In Jeff Astle's case, it was the repeated, low level brain trauma believed to have been caused from the repeated heading of footballs.
Since the death of Jeff Astle in January 2002 aged just 59, despite the growing understanding of issues around head injury in sport and in particular, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), awareness of these important issues still remains low in the UK.
The family of Jeff Astle are launching The Jeff Astle Foundation on April 11th 2015. The Foundation is to be established in memory of Jeff Astle as a fitting and lasting legacy to both raise awareness of brain injury in all forms of sport and to offer much needed support to those affected.