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FORMER football ace Neil 'Razor' Ruddock hosted a
charity night on Saturday 5th April to raise cash for a soccer fanatic who missed five months of work
due to a broken leg.The
event, organised by Eccleshall Football Club, was held in support of Matt Bradbury, who broke
his right leg in two places and dislocated his ankle five months ago.The
dad-of-three, of Stone, suffered the horrendous injury during a match against
Formby in the North West Counties League.
injury lay-off means the gas main layer may never play football again, and the 33-year-old missed
out on a lot of work which impacted his young family. So, in a show of togetherness by Eccleshall
Football Club, Knutton's Ex-Servicemen's Club hosted a fundraiser which
included an auction of football memorabilia.
Bradbury, who has sons Mitchell, aged seven, Makenzie, aged six and Miles, aged
three, thanked everyone, particularly club secretary Jim Tunney, who attended the
He said: "The response has been overwhelming.
It's amazing the amount of work that the guys at the club have done behind the
scenes. I didn't know too much about it.The amount that the club have done for me is
hard to take in. It means a lot. For any young person playing sport, it's so
important you find something to fall back on."
England defender Neil Ruddock, said: "It's a big room with a good turnout and it's
great to be here. It's
satisfying for me to help out in raising money for good causes and it's nice to
put a smile on people's faces. You hear many terrible stories about injuries
but unfortunately it does happen in the sport. You don't want to see anyone get
Eccleshall FC's vice-chairman Steve James, aged 57,
of Trentham, said: "Matt came to us onloan from Leek Town to help the side and started his
career with us around 17 years ago. We
were helped enormously by local companies and having Neil has been
brilliant – he's a true football man. It's about the club doing the right thing
and health and safety in sport is of paramount importance – second only
Source: Staffordshire Evening Sentinel