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6 July 2016

Ex-Town players in action as local clubs rally to support Newmarket duo

A Town X1 will play Newmarket Town later this month in a benefit match for two players from the non-League club who have been seriously injured in a road incident. 

Shaun Whiter has had both his legs amputated and remains seriously ill in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, while his Newmarket team-mate, Joey Abbs sustained serious injuries to his right leg after the pair were hit by a car last Friday as they repaired a puncture roadside. 

An appeal to raise £120,000 has been launched to help Shaun walk down the aisle to marry his girlfriend Charlotte next summer, with local clubs showing their support for both players.

A Town X1, featuring ex-players, will play Newmarket at their Cricket Field Road ground on Sunday, July 31. Kick-off is 3pm. 

“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,” explained the Academy’s head of recruitment, Steve McGavin, to the Club 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.”

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