Ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Pidgeley angry as illness revealed against wishes

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Pidgeley played for Chelsea, Watford, Millwall, Woking, Carlisle, Bradford, Exeter, Newport, Mansfield, Leatherhead, Forest Green, Hastings and Margate, before joining Farnborough

Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley says he is “angry and hurt” after his club announced his retirement – forcing him to reveal a long-term battle with depression.

Pidgeley, 34, says the statement issued by Farnborough FC left him no choice but to admit his depression, despite his wish to keep the matter private.

The former Chelsea, Watford and Millwall player says he has suffered with mental health issues for a decade.

Southern League club Farnborough released a statement on social media earlier this week explaining their lack of options in goal for an FA Cup tie by revealing Pidgeley had a “significant long-term personal medical condition”.

They added: “This is the first the club that has heard of this. Although the timing is shocking, we wish Lenny and his family all the best in his retirement.”

In a follow-up statement,