A truly great game of football marred by the broken leg of Luke Wheatley. No point giving you a report but here are the photos. Enjoy.
Broken legs are a tragedy in football, and elsewhere. Thankfully they are relatively rare considering the force that one sees all over the pitch. On saturday Tooting v Ramsgate in Ryman South a Ramsgate left back called Luke Wheatley went in for a simple tackle and came out of it with a broken left leg. By chance the camera was pointing at him the moment it happened. from the forum he had his operation Sept 16th and we all wish him well.
One of the more unusual presentations at this years BSR congress ( the annual rheumatology congress in UK, usually devoted mainly to illnesses such as Rheumatoid Arthritis etc), was a nice presentation from Phillip Cooper describing the epidemiology of sporting injuries amongst elite football players. This was a study conducted at Southampton football club from 2007-2010 and included all 272 players. As expected most injuries were muscular or ligamentous, but of interest was the time that they happened. There was a trend to slightly increased frequency in the latter parts of each 45 minute half and in the last quarter of a training session in the first-team players. My question to the presenter related to whether injuries were worse in any one division as Southampton have been up and down the leagues over that period. A great talk and a real surprise to find this on the agenda.
The SECC is also a great venue just outside Glasgow, two stops down from Glasgow Central. Travelling there this morning in the rush hour and on the platform at 8 am I was expecting just that, a rush but found myself to be the only person on the platform. Bizarre. I was the rush hour and at a cost of 1.40£ return was not single-handedly funding Scotrail.