Fundraising campaign launched to compensate Bird for loss of earnings

Slough Town FC have launched a fundraising campaign to help support Ryan Bird after the defender suffered a serious injury in the Rebels’ game against St Albans City.

According to the club’s website, the 33-year-old landed badly in the centre circle after attempting to win the ball in the air on Saturday.

After receiving lengthy treatment on the Arbour Park pitch, he was taken to Wexham Park Hospital where doctors confirmed that the player had a ruptured patella tendon in his left knee.

Bird underwent surgery this week, but the injury is likely to have ruled him out for the remainder of the season and also keep him absent from his self-employed work for at least two months.

The Rebels have therefore started a GoFundMe to help compensate for the loss of earnings, similarly to when ex-skipper Adam Foulser and goalkeeper Mark Scott suffered career-threatening injuries.

Supporters flocked to social media to show their support for Bird with the player himself sending out multiple tweets of gratitude.

“Thanks to all the messages from Slough Town FC fans and staff, it is much appreciated.

“An unbelievable gesture from an amazing club! I cannot thank you enough for the help and support I’ve received.

“Operation was a success. No football injuries from the age of 10. Now at 33 I choose one of the worst ones to get.

“Long road to recovery ahead, but we got this. Thank you for all the messages, it really means a lot.”

At the time of writing (September 15), £3,012 has been raised towards a £4,000 target.

Click here to donate and show your support.

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