Exmouth footballers help badly injured newly-wed pal to pay his bills

PUBLISHED: 06:30 07 November 2015

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A footballer who was injured - and unable to work - a week after returning from his honeymoon has thanked his teammates for raising £500 for his mortgage.

Andrew Thomson, who plays for Exmouth Town Football Club, dislocated his ankle and broke his tibia and fibula in his right leg during his first game after he married his wife, April, writes Clarissa Place.

Andrew had missed games to avoid getting injured before his September wedding.

The 27-year-old salesman, who has been in the team for three years, said his injuries had left him currently unable to work. He said the money would be spent on the couple’s mortgage.

Andrew, who had his leg pinned and bolted a fortnight ago, said: “I was extremely grateful knowing that my team mates and the club wanted to help me out.”

Bob Chamberlain, chairman for Exmouth Town FC, said: “We all look after each other. It was upsetting with Andrew as he had just come back from his honeymoon, which is devastating really.

“It made the players think. They have mortgages to pay. The majority of the money is from players - it shows the support of the players at the club.”

Mr Chamberlain added: “He hasn’t played much this season because he didn’t want to get injured before the wedding. It was in his first match back.”

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