Ex Cambridge City Striker and Southern League Winner, Gary Grogan was recently rushed into Addenbrookes hospital, he was operated on straight away due to an aneurysm in his leg which caused a blood clot. If he had not had the operation straight away chances are that he would have lost his leg, and the outcome would have been a lot worse if he hadn't made it to the hospital. He had also suffered a second aneurysm in his stomach which was also operated on.
Three operations, and three weeks in hospital have taken their toll on Gary but thanks to his strength of character and the amazing doctors and staff, he is now doing well, and has been allowed home for the time being, but the treatment is ongoing. However it's unlikely Gary will be able to get back to work for 12 months.
To help Gary get back on his feet, a charity match has been arranged Sunday 23rd July at Histon Football Club, kick off 1.00pm.
(There is also a GoFundMe page set up for those that can'tt attend the match.)
Cambridge City ex-players v Histon ex-players, Chance to see your some of your favourite players turning out for a veteran's local derby, some players who played with Gary will also be attending but not playing so a chance to come along and see them as well as support Gary.
Anyone wanting to donate Auction prizes or are interested in sponsoring anything on the day contact Peter Leete (07976811820)
All proceeds from the day go to Gary and his Family to help in the future.
Line ups for the teams and admission prices will be confirmed soon.
Gary and his family would like to thank the people who have helped set up the game, and to Histon FC and the people at Histon FC for the use of their ground to host the game.
Gary needs your suppport and there are 4 ways you can help
1. Come along to the charity match
2. Can you or your business sponsor any part of the match?
3. Make a donation via the GoFundMe page
4. If you can't donate or come to the match, please share with friends or family who can
Let's get behind Gary and his family and show the warmth and compassion that this Cambridge City family has.
More about Gary Grogan
Those that were lucky enough to watch Gary play at Cambridge City FC will remember a man that epitomised the team spirit that flowed through the club during his time at the Lilywhites. He gave his all for the shirt and was a fan favourite for many years.
Gary played his 706 games (most appearances all time), scored 227 goals (2nd all time goals)
made his debut 3/10/1981 and played his last game 7/5/1994. GAry Truly is a City Legend
"Gary was a giant of a man at centre forward, I remember watching him as a 10 year old and being in total awe of his presence on the pitch. He was tough and uncompromising and he inspired me to follow my passion and become a footballer and I can never thank him enough for the influence he had on me"
"As a nervous 18 year coming into the City Side, Gary was the one player who really encouraged me, told me to be confident in my ability and just do what I was good at. He never berated me, he only ever gave me positive feedback and I'll never forget it. He is/was loved by everyone who was associated with the club at the time and even the opposing fans used to enjoy watching him play. What really stood out for me was that I don't think he ever realised how good he was, it's a rare quality in a footballer and it made him an even better player. He lead the line with passion and commitment and never backed down from a challenge, even against some really physically tough opponents. " ~Steve "Butch" Gawthrop