Barnard forced to call it a day after break­ing leg

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

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.

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