I played in the same team as Parky between 1986-1992, he was an all round good defender,who possessed a terrific shot and who scored several long range efforts during his 200 odd appearances for the Boro.
The one that sticks in my mind is a cup replay at Goodison against Everton, when he hit a thirty yard raker, to beat one of the greatest goalkeepers around at the time, Neville Southall. A superb goal, a goal I could only dream about.
Apart from a good all round footballer, as a person and team mate, he was brilliant, witty, honest, and fancied himself as a bit of a singer.
I travelled to visit Parky, with Micky Horswill today.
I will be honest I was a bit apprehensive on arrival. As we went into the room Parky was sitting watching TV.
Parky looked better than I expected, there is no denying he has got a massive fight on his hands.
He cant communicate yet but is aware of everything you say to him. I stayed with him for over an hour, In that time he genuinely laughed several times.
I have been asked on numerous occasions how is Parky, send my regards onto him, he’s a great lad.
Well I can only inform the Boro faithful, that he is in a stable condition, and putting up a fight as he did during the liquidation days at the Boro.
The smile that came across his face, whilst I was talking to him about our times at Boro, gave me great hope that he can improve and made me proud, that I have got a mate like Parky.
I thought twice about mentioning the visit, but I think it is vitally important to keep the awareness going for Parky and his family, during this difficult period.
I promised I would go and visit him again, and I would ask you all as fans, to post any messages that you want me to take to him and I will print them all and take them with me, as reading things out to him is part of his rehabilitation programme.
Please can I ask you all, to remember Parky and his family in your thoughts and prayers.