Alan Igglesden raises awareness of brain tumour charity after two-decade battle


Family of former England seamer speak about struggles since inoperable diagnosis in 1999

The family of Alan Igglesden, the former Kent and England seamer, has released a film to raise funds and awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity, 22 years after he was diagnosed with an inoperable growth that has dominated his life since 1999.

Igglesden, who was a mainstay of Kent’s bowling line-up between 1986 and 1998, claimed 693 wickets across first-class and List A cricket, eight of which came during his seven appearances for England, including three Tests between 1989 and 1994.

In 1999, one year after making his final appearance at Canterbury and at just 34 years of age, Igglesden suffered an epileptic fit whilst playing minor counties cricket for Berkshire. An MRI scan revealed a tumour the size of a junior cricket ball, and he would never play professional cricket again.

In the years since his diagnosis, Igglesden has been receiving pioneering treatment, which has shrunk the tumour to the size of a golf ball, and for a time he was able to teach sport at schools in both Kent and Apperley Bridge near Leeds, close to where he now lives with his wife Liz, and seven-year old daughter Beth.

He suffered setbacks in his recovery in 2009, and again in 2015 and 2016, when the tumour showed signs of resuming its growth. But the family’s life was turned upside down in 2018, when he suffered the first of two major strokes in the space of three years, which have left him increasingly unable to speak or walk.