Family, friends and former team-mates of ex-Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers footballer Kris Jones will be out in force for a charity match in his honour.
A bumper crowd is expected at Sleaford Town Football Club’s Eslaforde Park ground in Boston Road, Sleaford, on Saturday at 1pm when a team of Kris’s former team-mates will take on an invitational side put together by ex-Holbeach United manager Graham Drury and Bourne Town joint-chairman Darren Munton.
Kris is now home with his family in Sleaford after leaving Lincoln County Hospital on Tuesday, almost 11 months after suffering life-threatening injuries in a car crash on the A1 in Nottinghamshire.
Darren, a team-mate of Kris’s when he played for Bourne Town, said: “I went to see him in hospital once a month since the crash happened and the progress he has made is fantastic.
“It’s testament to Kris and his family who have been there for him, day in and day out, when he needed them the most.
“When he was playing football, Kris always gave 100 per cent and that’s what has helped him through this ordeal.
“Kris is a real fighter and it will be a really emotional day for him and his family on Saturday, so I hope everybody can support the teams and support him.”
As well as the Kris Jones Charity Football Match itself, there will also be a raffle, tombola, bouncy castle and refreshments to raise money for the ex-Sleaford Town manager and his family.
Organiser Stephen Garfoot, who is also Sleaford Town reserve team manager, said: “It started out as just a charity game of football for Kris because he’s done a lot for the club.
“No one had really got up and said ‘let’s do something for Kris’, so I decided to do something that will hopefully raise a lot of money for him and his family.”
Graham added: “I’ve been to see Kris in hospital every week since the accident happened as we’ve been close friends ever since he played for me at Harrowby United.
“I’ve got a lot of time for him – he’s such a good character.”