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Football rivals unite to help secretary after ‘freak accident’
7:30am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
THEY may be great rivals on the football pitch. But Abingdon United and Didcot Town have joined forces off the field following an accident.
Abingdon’s club secretary of 26 years John Blackmore, 62, was rushed to the John Radcliffe Hospital on Wednesday after falling off a ladder and breaking his back.
The grandfather-of-five had an operation to pin his back on Thursday and is expected to have to wear a back brace for up to four months.
His wife and chairman of the club, Debbie Blackmore, 52, said: “He was doing a building job for one of our former players Pete Dallaway in Milton when he fell off the ladder. “It was one of those freak accidents.”
But the incident has united the two rival clubs away from the football field.
Secretary of Didcot Town Pat Horsman has taken on Mr Blackmore’s duties for Abingdon United. And chairman John Bailey called Mrs Blackmore to wish United’s club secretary a speedy recovery.
Mr Bailey, who has been chairman since 1995, said: “We all want to win football matches, but at the end of the day it’s a game and life goes on. Our health is more important and I was very sad to hear that John had this accident.”
Mrs Blackmore, of Gainsborough Green, Abingdon, said she was very grateful for the support she had received.
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