Rocks favourite Crane gets funding boost for shoulder op
Defender James Crane could be back in contention for the Rocks sooner than feared after the instant success of a fundraising campaign to pay for surgery.
Crane dislocated his shoulder during Bognor's 2-2 home draw with Gloucester in September and has not played since as he awaits an op on the troublesome joint.
A matter of days ago a JustGiving page went live asking for Rocks supporters to help raise the funds for Crane, who would face a long wait for the surgery on the stretched NHS.
The Rocks are to fund half of the operation costs but the rest - Â£1,000 - was the subject of the crowd-funding appeal. Now, the generosity of the fans had already raised Â£1,220 as of Tuesday afternoon.
One anonymous donor gave Â£500 for the cause and said: "It’s the least we as fans could do."
Crane, who has played more than 400 games for Bognor, and has been a big miss for the club this season as they have struggled for wins in National League South. They have used a variety of different players in his position.
His injury made headlines in the autumn when it was mentioned in the House of Commons as part of a debate about ambulance response times. He waited 90 minutes at the ground for an ambulance before being taken to hospital by car.
A fundraising campaign organiser said: "The initial prognosis was quite positive but James now cannot play football again until he has had an arthroscopy stabilisation to correct his shoulder.”