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Academy Coach Inaki Fernandez Orjales Passes Away

Inaki Fernandez Orjales – Rochdale AFC Academy Coach – R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rochdale AFC Academy coach Inaki Fernandez Orjales on Tuesday 11th April 2017, aged 26.

Inaki joined the Academy in 2015 and worked in the Foundation Phase with the Under 11 & 12’s. He quickly became a popular member of the coaching team with his effervescent smile and his cheeky grin. He had a great willingness to learn and was even enrolled on a course in Spain whilst undergoing treatment, asking to use the club PMA system for his studies.

Inaki contracted testicular cancer during 2016, but shrugged it off in his usual matter of fact way as “another football injury which will require an operation and rehabilitation”. After completing his treatment however, it unfortunately spread to his liver and he required more treatment. On the 1st April this year, only 10 days before his passing, he told a member of the team: “This time it is much slower but I feel I am improving day by day”. This is why it came as such a shock to those who knew him and he will be sadly missed.

Adios Inaki

 

THE SPANIARD

 

The boy from Girona with a heart full of dreams 

Came to the North West of England where Football lives and breathes 

In the cosmopolitan city he found a home at The Dale

With his passion for the game looking to help the young elite prevail

 

His infectious smile, his baby faced innocence

His willing to work hard for his dreams to the end

You touched us in a way the football family always does

We'll never forget you our Spanish friend

Academy Coach Inaki Fernandez Orjales Passes Away
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