Farnborough have released a statement surrounding the news of Lenny Pidgeley’s retirment and the club’s subsequent comments.

The ex-Chelsea and Millwall keeper informed the club earlier this week that he was to retire with immediate effect, due to a medical condition. The club announced this news, with many unhappy at the wording of it, describing Pidgeley’s decision as ‘shocking timing.’

Pidgeley later tweeted that he has suffered from depression for the past decade. Farnborough have now released this statement:

The Club would like to clarify its Statement of Wednesday evening. Specifically, that our comment about the shocking timing, referred to us being shocked regarding the sad information we received on that afternoon, whilst preparing for our FA Cup Replay.

With no goalkeeper available that night we owed the fans an explanation before kick-off, which due to the timings on the night was drafted in haste and did not convey our true thoughts accurately.

The Club fully backs the support and care required in dealing with all mental health issues and meant no harm to Lenny and sincerely apologise for any hurt. This was not our intention.

The Club will make no further comment.