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The England Amputee Football Team Needs Your Help

Friday 16th March 2018

The English Amputee Football team are dreaming of World Cup glory, but they need your help.

England enjoyed unprecedented success in the tournament last year, winning the ‘Amp Futbol Cup’ in June, beating the hosts Poland. They then sought to build on this promising result, bidding for a European Championship to add to their collection.

In front of 40,000 spectators, England put in a stoic and inspiring performance but fell to Turkey in agonising fashion.

After going 1-0 down in the 24th minute, England responded with resolve and purpose. Their efforts proved fruitful when, one minute from time, England equalised. This frenetic final was to have one final sting in the tail, however. The Turks scored in injury time, just minutes after England’s equaliser, much to the anguish of the travelling Lions.

In front of a raucous support, the Bestikas Vodafone Arena the backdrop, the English impressed with their fight and flair going forward. This year, however, England are looking to go one further and bring home a historic World Cup triumph.

That they have the quality is obvious; that they have the determination is clear; but they need the funds to be able to go. That is where you step in.

Without the support of the FA – who’s reticence to support the amputee team is another embarrassing story – the squad have to seek their own funding.

 Footballer Lee Dobson, from Manchester, who plays in midfield said:

This year we are looking to raise funds so the England Amputee squad can compete in the World Cup and do our country proud once again.

Without the backing of the FA we are always working hard to raise funds and prepare the best we can to achieve our goals.

I have been selected as part of the 18-man provisional squad for this year which will be cut down to 13 in April and each member of the squad has to raise a minimum of £1,500 to help cover the costs of training facilities/weekends/travel to and from the competition. “Your kind donations will be helping the squad as a whole and not myself personally as no one is guaranteed a place.

The England Amputee Football team’s stirring story is emphasised by the fact that members travel from all over the country – funded through their own pocket – just to train. Once a month, the squad comes together, traversing hundreds of miles, striving for the opportunity to represent their country.

Including cancer survivors, ex and serving military personnel and men with congenital limb deficiencies, the national side is an eclectic mix; but one thing unites them, a powerful defiance in the face of adversity.

Head Coach of EAFA Owen Coyle Jr said:

It was a fantastic year for the squad last year, this year we are aiming to become the first England team in over 20 years to win the WAFF World Cup.

Any support that anyone can give to support these wonderful athletes would be amazing. We have incredible sponsorship by Simply Business, however, this only still covers part of the year costs.

To support the appeal, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lee-dobson-2

For more info about England Amputee Football Association please visit: www.theeafa.co.uk

Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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