former Manchester United and England legend Gary Pallister was in town on Wednesday (16 February) at the opening of a new physiotherapy clinic.
The service, run by former Southampton and Whitby Town footballer Tony Skedd, will be the only full time clinic in the area and already has an enviable list of clients.
Along with Gary Pallister, Mr Skedd treats Kevin Scott, formerly of Newcastle United, and Middlesbrough’s former player Craig Hignett.
Mr Pallister, now a pundit with Sky Sports and MUTV, regularly sees Tony to manage an ongoing back problem.
He said: “The last time I played was at Bobby Robson’s testimonial match.
“I played 15 minutes and spent the next three days in bed, so the boots haven’t been hung up, they have been burnt.
“I have had a chronic back problem since I finished my career, and Tony with his wonderful helping hands is a handy man to know.”
Tony Skedd has previously seen Mr Pallister at his Bishop Aukland clinic, but now is setting up the new service in his wife’s hometown as he believes there is a shortage of physiotherapists in the Whitby area.
“We treat everything, not just sports injuries.
“We deal with spinal problems, work-related injuries, tennis elbows and lots of other problems.”
The move will mean that Mr Pallister, who lives in Yarm, will have a longer trip, but he says Mr Skedd is worth the journey and will be a great asset for Whitby: “It’s a little bit further than I usually come but this is where Tony is going to be treating people, so this is where I will come, if he comes and picks me up.
“I love coming down to Whitby anyway and usually bring the kids to go winkle-picking on the beach or to get some fish and chips, so now I have another reason to come here.”
The physiotherapy is registered with BUPA and Nuffield health and is based at St Hilda’s Business Centre in Whitby.