Former Wimbledon and Chelsea star Vinnie Jones reveals cancer battle

Vinnie Jones

Actor and former Wimbledon star says diagnosis has 'knocked him for six'.

Former Wimbledon star Vinnie Jones has revealed he is suffering from skin cancer.

The 48-year-old, who made more than 200 appearances for Wimbledon in the 1990s, found a lump under his eye which was confirmed as cancerous.

The 48-year-old has undergone three operations to remove cancerous patches under his eye and on his head, and said that the diagnoses had ‘knocked him for six’.

“Cancer is a horrible word to hear. It frightens the life out of you,” said Jones. “I’ve faced the biggest and ugliest lads on the football field and been in some nasty bar brawls.

“But this is my toughest and scariest opponent yet.

“When the doctor said I had skin cancer, the first thing I thought was, ‘How long have I got?’ A million and one things go through your head.”

Jones won the 1988 FA Cup with Wimbledon, and also played for QPR, Chelsea, Sheffield United and Leeds United, as well as winning nine caps for the Welsh national side.

After leaving football he forged a successful career as an actor, taking roles in ‘Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Gone in 60 Seconds.

He said that the diagnoses had left him living in fear.

“It’s weighing very heavily on me all the time. It has really knocked me for six and made me reassess my life and goals,” said Jones.

“If you spot something on your skin that doesn't feel right, like a little spot or tick, then get it checked out immediately.”

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