Former Yeovil Town defender Paul Thorpe says that he is hopeful of some big names that will represent the Yeovil Town Legends side tonight, as they take on Sherborne Town Legends at Raleigh Grove. The event, which has been organised by Sherborne-based football fan Glenn Nathan to aid former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker, who is currently recovering in Bristol's Frenchay Hospital following a collapse in February that was caused by a brain AVM that led to him suffering a series of strokes.
Tonight sees two Veterans teams do battle at Raleigh Grove, and one of the key players in the Glovers side will be centre-back Paul Thorpe, who was a fiercely competitive player for the Glovers during the late 1980s. Paul is Matt's brother-in-law and so has a very clear personal interest in tonight's game, and he told BBC Somerset that he has been able to use some of his local contacts to get some of them to dust off their boots one more time:
"We have got some big names. I obviously played at Yeovil. We've got Tony Pounder, we've got the Lindegaard brothers, Mickey Spencer and the legend that is Terry Cotton, who is going to be playing at the age of 70 years old, but he can still run about and really get about. The major thing is that we're going to be raising money for Matt, because we don't know what the future is going to hold and we don't know what needs he is going to have."
For the past five months, things have obviously not been easy for Paul's in-laws, with Matt having stayed permanently in hospital since the initial incident. However, from initially being unable to move any limbs, Matt is now able to walk with assistance and to hold a drink in his hand, which he had been unable to do when he first started his rehabilitation. Paul is therefore hoping that they money raised tonight will be of benefit to Matt's rehab as well as providing any facilities he may need when he does come home to his family:
"It was just a really really tense time, and we were just hoping and praying that Matt came through it, which he has now done so. He's now in the rehab centre and he's making good progress. We've got to understand that he's got a brain injury, so they may only be able to take him so far, but hopefully he will make a really strong recovery. If we can get that money up as high as we can, then it will give the family a chance to hopefully have a normal family life."
Tonight's match at Raleigh Grove kicks off at 6.30p.m. with gates opening at 5.45p.m. with raffles, auctions and childrens facilities being provided for the occasion. For more information, see yesterday's article.
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