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Deeping Rangers Football Club juniors rally round team-mate as goalkeeper Charlie (9) breaks wrist in pre-season match

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Young footballers went above and beyond to support their team-mate who suffered a broken wrist during a summer tournament.

Deeping Rangers Under 10s goalkeeper Charlie Pennells was injured in the opening minutes of his team's first pre-season match.

He had surgery the following day to insert k wires into his wrist to hold the bones in place and is likely to be sidelined until at least after the October half-term holidays.

Charlie Pennells was shocked by the support of his Deeping Rangers Blues U10s team-mates
Charlie Pennells was shocked by the support of his Deeping Rangers Blues U10s team-mates

So his team-mates decided to act and set up an online fundraising page.

Last week they presented a shocked Charlie with a framed goalkeeper's jersey, signed by the whole team, a personalised pair of goalkeeping gloves and £115 of vouchers.

"It was so amazing," said mum Lorna.

"They are such a lovely group of players and the parents have been so kind.

"Charlie has been with the team since he was five and there is a real bond for life in that group.

"He was so grateful and a little bit shocked to see how much he meant to the team."

A love for football runs deep for Charlie (9) who has blood ties to his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.

Go back a few generations in the Pennells family tree and you will find Jimmy Dimmock, scorer of Spurs' winning goal in the FA Cup final exactly 100 years ago.

Charlie, from Deeping St James, had the wires removed on Wednesday and doctors hope to remove the cast in two weeks.

As well as putting him on the sidelines for the opening months of the new season, it also restricted his fun during much of the school summer holidays.

"He hasn't been able to go swimming, or ride his bike and his scooter so he has been a little limited, but we have managed to have a few days out and he's been to support his team a few times," said Lorna.

"He was eager to get back on the pitch, but we have to be careful.

"For the last match he stood with the coach trying to coach and lead the boys."

Lorna added: "When the cast comes off he will go into a splint if everything's okay and then there will be some physio.

"It takes bravery to be a goalkeeper and there is pressure in that position so we're hoping this hasn't put him off or knocked his confidence.

"His team are certainly keen to have him back."

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