Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne tells fans he is 'living on borrowed time'
Last Updated: 13/09/17 9:11am
Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne has told supporters says he does not expect to live until the end of the season.
Cryne stepped down from day-to-day duties last year after being diagnosed with bowel cancer and announced in March he was "officially terminally ill".
Writing in his programme notes ahead of Tuesday night's 3-2 Carabao Cup home win over Derby, the 66-year-old, who has been in charge since 2004, updated fans on his condition.
"I am living on borrowed time," he said. "I live in pain, but living is better than the alternative.
"For much of the time since I became the club's buyer of last resort, I allowed others to run the club, fearing that I did not know enough to win the respect and supporter of the 'football people'.
"It is ironic therefore that we enjoyed one of our most successful periods when I did take up the mantle ending in two successful visits to Wembley [in 2016].
"Most people realise I was a reluctant custodian but what has made it bearable against the occasional cruelty of the internet world is the kindness shown to me by so many fans on a personal basis.
"People are not shy in coming forward and telling me they appreciate my efforts, even if I have fallen short of their aspirations. I receive many letters and cards from fans who share with me their memories and best wishes. I am grateful to them all.
"Regarding this season, I think we will get stronger as it goes on and our team gels, not unlike the double Wembley season. I do not expect to live to see the ultimate outcome, but I travel in hope.
"I wish you all a good football season and thank you for your kindness down the years."