Deborah and Gary Parkinson
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Locked-in footballer given ovation

Former footballer Gary Parkinson receives a standing ovation from fans at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium.

Former footballer Gary Parkinson received a standing ovation from fans while attending his first game since he was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome.

The ex-Middlesbrough and Burnley player attended a match between his former clubs at the Riverside Stadium on Thursday.

Mr Parkinson was head youth team coach with Blackpool FC when he suffered a stroke in September 2010.

His son Luke said the fans had provided an "incredible reception".