Winkfield FC rally for injured player who almost lost legBy Hugh Fort
April 20, 2012
Footballers dug deep into their pockets to raise cash for their skipper who suffered an horrific leg injury that has put him out of the game for a year.
Winkfield FC put on a race night and raffle at the Winkfield Club in Winkfield Row on Saturday to help the team’s captain Andy Parslow while he is unable to work.
Andy, 24, broke his leg in two places after a tackle in a game against Fernhill FC in March.
The injury was so serious doctors thought he could lose the leg after complications in surgery.
That turned out not to be the case, but Andy, who lives in Bracknell, is not expected to play again this year.
It also means he faces a substantial period off work from his job as an IT contractor at BMW in Bracknell.
The event was attended by around 150 club members and their families and raised £1,500 for Andy.
Club members took home some impressive prizes in the raffle, including tickets to Reading FC games, a Reading shirt signed by striker Noel Hunt, a Chelsea shirt signed by either Frank Lampard, John Terry or Fernando Torres and two hours of free tattoo work from Munday Ink in Crown Wood.
Winkfield manager David Colborn said the club is still hoping to raise more cash as the unsold auction items are up for sale on the eBay auction site.
He said: “It was a really good night. We had a really good turnout and raised a good amount of money for Andy. He was pleased, but he’s a bit of a shy lad so he didn’t really like all the fuss.
“He’s been a great player for us and we were really pleased to be able to help him.”
David said Andy was recovering well. He is still on crutches and will be for a while, but David said he was “much more cheerful as he’s not in hospital any more”.