Players and teams rally round for Newmarket Town’s Luke Butcher

Newmarket Town's Luke Butcher, right, wins this aerial challenge with Matt Snelling of Brightlingsea

Newmarket Town's Luke Butcher, right, wins this aerial challenge with Matt Snelling of Brightlingsea Regent - Credit: James Ager

TEAM-MATES and opponents are rallying round in aid of stricken Newmarket Town midfielder Luke Butcher.

The 23-year-old broke his right shin in the match against Saffron Walden, which was abandoned and is to be replayed tomorrow evening, a week ago on Saturday.

Newmarket joint manager Kevin Grainger said: “Luke is a self-employed roofer and will be off work for at least six months.

“Our players are donating the wages from their last five games of the season, which is a fantastic gesture, while the club’s entrance money from our game against Cambridge University Press will be donated to Luke, and we are also arranging a charity match against Lakenheath, who he previously played for, on his behalf.”

Butcher’s team-mate Paul Betson said: “Luke has been one of our best players this season. He is right up there as a ball winner. We wish him all the best with his recovery.”


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