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Stamford Bels player thanks teammates for help after horrific injury

Stamford Bels player Pete Conneely with fellow club members. Pete, back row fourth from left, was badly injured in a match a couple of months ago and had to take some time off work. The club organised a fundraising night for him and raised �1,300 to cover loss of earnings.
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Stamford Bels player Pete Conneely with fellow club members. Pete, back row fourth from left, was badly injured in a match a couple of months ago and had to take some time off work. The club organised a fundraising night for him and raised �1,300 to cover loss of earnings. Photo: MSMP040314-033ow EMN-140503-120540001

 

An amateur footballer has thanked his club for raising more than £1,000 to cover loss of earnings after he was injured while playing.

Pete Conneely was playing for Stamford Belvedere against Leverington Sports Reserves in January when he was hurt in a 50/50 challenge with another player.

The Leverington player’s studs sliced into Pete’s thigh, cutting down to the bone.

Pete was losing a lot of blood so an air ambulance was called and landed on the pitch at Stamford Queen Eleanor School, pictured left.

Helimedics managed to stem the bleeding before Pete was taken to Peterborough City Hospital by road to be stitched up.

Pete, 29, who works for Claude N Smith slaters in Collyweston, had to take two-and-a-half weeks off work because of his injury.

He was worried about how he would support his fiancée Laura Meads and their children Maisy Conneely, two, and Molly Conneely, six months.

But his teammates rallied round and organised a fundraising night at the Danish Invader.

Pete, of Garden Close, Stamford, said: “Two-and-a-half weeks doesn’t sound a lot but with a young family it was tough.

“The team wanted to put on a do. I said don’t worry but they wanted to do it.”

The fundraising night, held on Friday last week, was a roaring success. The pub was packed and a total of £1,300 was handed over at the end of the evening. Some of the money may go to charity.

Pete said: “I thought there would be a few people there but I didn’t think there would be so many. I could have stood there saying thank you all night but that wouldn’t have been enough.

“It was quite overwhelming.”

Pete’s father Martin, who manages the Bels first team, said the club was happy to support any player who got injured.

He added: “We do it for any of our players and for other teams as well.

“Pete’s got two young kids and a mortage to pay.”

Martin said he hoped to see his son back in training in the next couple of weeks. The club is happy to give Pete’s injury all the time it needs to heal.

Martin also thanked all those who supported the fundraising night, including those who donated raffle prizes and Pete Ford who provided a free disco.

 

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