Ipswich Town have confirmed that a number of their former players will feature in a benefit match for two Newmarket footballers that have been seriously injured in a hit and run incident.
Shaun Whiter went to help Joey Abbs with a flat tyre in Dullingham Road, Newmarket, on Friday night and despite taking all of the necessary safety precautions, the pair were struck by a Ford Fiesta, which subsequently drove off.
Whiter’s injuries were so severe that both of his legs had to be amputated below the knee, while Abbs is also believed to have suffered injuries to his legs. Both men remain in Addenbroke’s Hospital.
Whiter was due to start pre-season training with Newmarket in the near future, with Abbs on the books of Soham Town Rangers.
A host of local football clubs have since thrown their support behind the footballers and now Ipswich have also stepped up.
A Town XI will take on Newmarket at the Ridgeons Stadium on Saturday, July 31 (3pm), with the proceeds going to the duo to aid with their recoveries.
“We have close connections with Newmarket Town, we are opening a new development centre there in September on their brand new pitch and we recruited Steven Cahill, one of our new scholars, from there two years ago,” the academy’s head of recruitment, Steve McGavin, told Ipswich’s official website.
“Steven’s dad coaches the reserve team, his grandad is the chairman and their first-team coach, Kevin Parsons, coaches in our development centre in Cambridge, so for us it seemed like the natural thing to try and help the two players and their families in any way we can.
“The game has only been arranged in the last 24 hours so Simon Milton and I will be on the phone to get a team together and hopefully we will get a good turnout at Newmarket to raise as much as we can for Shaun and Joey.”