A fundraiser has raised more than £5,000 for a Ruislip football player who was injured earlier this year.
James Taylor, who plays for Harrow Borough Football Club, seriously injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in a game earlier this year and will require a full reconstruction.
Due to current NHS backlogs, James could be facing a wait of around nine to 12 months, so the club are hoping to raise £7,000 so he can undergo the surgery privately.
Speaking to Northwood&RuislipNews, James said he has always loved the sport and can’t wait to get back to it.He said: “I’ve always grown up playing and watching football. My family has always been interested in football; my grandad used to go and watch games and my dad used to play as well.”
Harrow Borough FC, who play in the Southern League Premier Division South, are currently fighting to avoid relegation as they sit near the bottom of the table. James said: “It’s just difficult. It’s not a time to be injured; I want to be playing to help them out of where they are.“I still go to all the home games and local away games.”
James wanted to thank everyone who has supported him and the fundraiser so far, including first team manager Steve Baker, his teammates at the club, and all those who have donated.
He said: “Everyone at the club has been really good with helping; our manager Steve has been really good with setting up the fundraiser.”
Speaking on the fundraising page, Steve said: “Essentially, he could lose two years of a very promising football career. Hopefully, with support from the club, players and the football community, we can raise enough money to get him treated privately and back playing in half the time.
“I appreciate times are hard, but any help would be fantastic. Not only does he have a great career ahead of him, but he’s a top lad as well. Please help if you can.”
To donate to the fundraiser, please visit www.gofundme.com/f/harrow-borough-fc
For more information about the club, visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/harrowborough
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