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Former Chelsea and Tottenham defender Jason Cundy received an emotional call live on air as he was told the important role that he played in saving one football fan’s life. Cundy was taking calls from listeners alongside former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, when a Reds fan named Barry got through with an important message he had for the host.
Barry explained that he had been suffering with his mental health and came close to taking his own life, but listening to Cundy’s previous show The Sports Bar encouraged him to change his mind. “A couple of months back I was going through a bad time,” Barry told Cundy on talkSPORT.
“I had the radio on and for some reason I found myself on a chair, with a rope around my neck. Something that I heard pulled us out of it. Do you know what that was? It was you, Jason.
“It was that night where you and Andy [Goldstein] were doing the last-ever [Sports Bar show]. What pulled us out of it was when you said to Andy how much you loved him, and being pals and all that.”
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After chatting with Cundy on Monday evening, Barry explained that he was now in a much better place. “I’m sound,” Barry added when he was asked how he was coping now. “Football, regardless of which team you support and the rivalries and tribalism, it connects people you know.
“I just wanted to say to you, never, ever lose your passion. Because that night when you said that, I could have been listening to A Question of Sport, so it just so happens that night I was listening to you and you were doing the last show with your pal, and your passion and what you said to him when you turned over and said you loved him, it was a beautiful thing and I just wanted to say thank you very much.”
Cundy and Goldstein hosted their final Sports Bar show on July 18, where the pair said their goodbyes after 14 years of being co-hosts together in an emotional show. “You’ve been there through everything, whether it’s from a presenter or a mate. You’ve been there through the best and worst times of my life,” Cundy told Goldstein in July.
“But you were there for the best times as well. The biggest laughs I’ve ever had in my life have been shared with you, in a box, in a studio where nobody else is sitting with us.
“This is my job – I come to work with one of my best mates, watching football, laughing, coming on air, taking calls and laughing even more, and it’s one of the best jobs in the world. I would not want to have done it with anyone else. I have to say, I love you. I genuinely love you.”
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