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Postby JohnE » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:54 pm

Hi everyone. I hope that you dont mind me giving an apdate on Matt. I posted this on the Rammy site a day or so ago. Since then Matt is being allowed home tomorrow for a few hours or so and if that goes ok then he can have a longer stint on Sunday

Sometimes I feel as though I am hijacking the other threads on here but then I take a deep breath and remember that everyone at this club is interested in Matt’s recovery and so I then post an update.

The experts in this area of injury reckon that it is possible to plot recovery against time and that some patients plateau very quickly. My son is not doing that and even though there are subtle changes on a day to day basis we continue to move in the right direction.

I took Matt into the outside world last Sunday afternoon. He and I walked for about half an hour on the footpaths around the hospital. We did all of the right things at pedestrian crossings and lights and the whole experiences was fantastic. Pauline happened to be at one set of lights and eventually Matt saw her and so we took the opportunity to get him into the passenger seat complete with seat belt and drove back to the hospital. Such a simple thing but for Matt it’s a massive step. Hopefully we will be able to take him out more often over the next couple of weeks or so and who knows we might even get in a game at the Riverside.

There is talk of Matt moving to the next stage of his rehab as soon as a bed is available. This will be to the Floyd unit in Rochdale but I reckon that some of the staff on C2 will miss this lad very much when he moves on and be sad to see him go but pleased for him because it will be a further positive step. One thing is for sure they are a wonderful bunch of people and this family will never forget their kindness and professionalism

Matt has been a little sad over the past couple of days or so. Clearly he is now very aware of his surroundings and wants to come home, and believe me that is what Pauline and I want as well but he is some way from being ready for that level of change.

Can I take this opportunity to thank Bernard, Jonno and James for visiting Matt before last nights game. It really gives him a big buzz, he loves to see his mates and that is probably some of the best therapy that he can have. Matt evern remembered that Jonno had broken his leg so little by little things are dropping back into place.

All the very best to all of you

John, Pauline, Rachael, Macca, Helen and little Evie-Mae who has just got over a dose of the *no swearing please*, bless her.
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Postby Dave B » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:55 am

Hi John, It's great to hear from you and to know that Matt is getting there step by step as each day goes by. I have been on the Rammy website (you will remember me as part-timer) and do keep an eye on his progress and glad to see everything is very positive.
Thanks for the latest news, it is appreciated, take care all of you, and please let Matt know that we are all thinking about him and wish him all the very best in his recovery!
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Postby ontheup » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:21 pm

Matthew Edgington Returns To The Riverside


Three months and three weeks ago, Ramsbottom United's Matthew Edgington was savagely attacked whilst on a night out in Manchester.

Last Saturday, he made his first appearance at The Riverside since that fateful day and he was afforded a hero's welcome.

Matt, who last played for the Rams in the 2-1 away day victory over Alsager Town at the end of November, was out in the city with friends, celebrating the victory. However, the evening was to finish in the worst possible way with the winger unconscious following the cowardly attack from behind.

But ahead of the crucial league game with Bootle, Matt, alongside his good friend Damien Rooney and his father John, took the field for a warm-up with his team-mates, striking the ball well despite his injuries.

He was warmly welcomed by the team as he went through the pre-match routines with them and then mingled with the crowd, chatting and enjoying the atmosphere at the ground.

It was excellent to see him back, and with family and friends around him, thoroughly enjoyed his day.

There is still a long way to go for Matt in his rehabilitation and has now been released from Salford Royal Hospital (formerly Hope Hospital) and is now being cared for at the Floyd Unit at Rochdale's Birch Hill Hospital, where he will receive more one-on-one rehab to aid the excellent progress made to date.

He is allowed to be taken home over weekends, spending time at the Floyd during the week but his father John, mother Pauline, sister Rachael, girlfriend Helen and brother-in-law Chris (along with young Evie-Mae) have been delighted to be able to have him back receiving home comforts. This is a very important part of the process and so is him getting some fresh air ... and enjoying a kick-around with his mates on the pitch at The Riverside.

Ramsbottom's co-manager Bernard Morley, who has been in regular touch with the Edgington family and visits Matthew often, was excited to see Matt back on the ground today. "To see him back here today was a great thrill for everyone," he said.

"Having seen him through the whole period since the attack, to see him back here kicking the ball around and socialising with the lads was terrific.

"We know there is still a long way to go in his rehab but if this sort of thing helps him, then he is always welcome."

A pure coincidence of Matt's appearance on the ground today was that the referee for the match, Barry Lamb, was also the man in charge of proceedings at Alsager on the winger's last appearance. And Mr Lamb is also a night-porter at Hope Hospital and having heard about Matt's condition via the Ramsbottom United website, paid him a visit whilst on duty.

Everyone at Ramsbottom United Football Club continues to wish Matthew well and the web forum has now seen some 22,000 'hits' on the regular updates and his "Get Well Soon" page on Facebook continues to grow.

Below are some pictures, showing Matt's day. He even attempted a cheeky back-flick ... you never lose it Matt !!!!
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Postby Ian Livesey » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:15 am

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Matt Edgington

Postby JohnE » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:57 pm

Hi Ian and the rest of you. Matt does not go away does he but he is on the mend and even though this is one heck of a long haul we are confident that we will get him almost back to his old self in time.
He is playing some six a side now and by all accounts giving a good account of himself'

Can one of you please pass my thanks onto Jamie Vermiglilo for me and thank him for his donation and tell him that his comment on the justgiving page made both Matt and I chuckle.

You guys are doing really well this season, most who know Chorley believed that you are a large club in waiting and this could be your season to move upwards. I spoke to one of Matts mates from Salford City the other day just after you had beaten them one nil and he reckoned that the pitch there at Victory Park was excellent.
Well done to all of you and hopefully we will get up there to see you before the end of the season

Kind regards

John Edgington
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Another thank you Mark

Postby JohnE » Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:31 pm

Mark, thank you very much, not only for your donation but for your comments as well.

My daughter and I have just been on our first practice uphill hike. I must be mad doing this at my age but its a fantastic cause and because they have helped us this our turn to give something back.
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