(Winchester City, 11th Oct 2014, FA Cup)
Football can be a cruel mistress, giving you the most wonderful highs then bringing you right back down to earth with a gut-shuddering crash. Results are usually the biggest factor in this emotional rollercoaster, beating a tough team in a difficult match, then losing to a team who play poorly and you think shouldn?t have really got close. But there?s another thing that can really hit you where it hurts, more specifically players, and that?s injuries.
We know that injuries happen, it?s part of the sport we all love, watch and take part in, but it doesn?t make it any easier to handle when an injury hits you, your teams player, your friend hard and takes them out of the game they love for a prolonged period of time.
And it?s with that in mind that our thoughts and support go to Beachboys ?keeper Jamie Butler, who suffered suspected posterior cruciate ligament damage to his knee after a collision with Wealdstone?s Enoch Showumni during the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay fixture a short time ago. Since signing for Concord Rangers at the start of the Butler has been an ever present in the side, making countless spectacular saves over the seasons and earning the team more than a few points during that time! Jamie settled straight into the team and clearly made an impact on his teammates as he shared the Players Player of the Year award last season.
The timing of the injury couldn?t be worse either, as Jamie had recently earned a fantastic opportunity in getting named to the England C international squad. Having already taken part in training with the squad a few weeks prior, Jamie was lined up to go to Turkey and play in the England C fixture there before the injury hit. England C is the international squad that represents the country at non league level, and the majority of those players selected are playing full time in the Vanarama Conference, which shows the level at which Jamie is regarded.
As with previous favourites who?ve suffered long term injuries, the club will rally round and support Jamie through his injury and ensure he gets back to full health as soon as possible.
I know I speak for all the fans when I say best of luck with the recovery Jamie, we are all behind you and will support you through it. We look forward to seeing you back between the sticks in a Concord kit once more, once a Beachboy always a Beachboy!