Barnard forced to call it a day after breaking leg
A Sunday league footballer has been forced to give up playing after breaking his leg last weekend.
Jack Barnard, vice-captain of City Lions FC, suffered the injury during his side’s 3-0 win against Bay United in the Herne Bay and Whitstable League.
This is not the first serious injury the 30-year-old has suffered after breaking his ankle at the age of 17 while playing for Bridge FC. He needed an operation to pin his ankle together but made a full recovery.
When Bridge FC folded in 2014 he joined Bridge Athletic and then City Lions.
He said: “I’m gutted. Sunday morning will never be the same again but I’m glad the boys won the game. I will continue to support the Lions and help out where I can.
“Having broken my leg last week, my ankle playing for Bridge and my foot training with Deal Community in 2011 all on the same leg, enough is enough.
“The Herne Bay and Whitstable League is a great league. I urge players without clubs to join and hope that new teams will join the league.
“I manage Canterbury youth under-9s so I will now fully concentrate on coaching the boys. They’re a great bunch.”
Barnard was known for his tough tackling, eye for a pass, and tendency for picking up a yellow card.
His honours include Division 4 runners-up and President’s Cup runners-up in 2003-4, Catling Cup runners-up in 20045, Bridge FC manager’s player of the year in 2011-12, Division 2 runners-up in 2011-12 and Tommy Coulter Cup winner in 2012-13.