Bath City’s Alex Fletcher speaks for the first time after colliding with an advertising hoarding wall a few weeks ago against Dulwich Hamlet.
The Somerset football club returned to action at the weekend nearly two weeks after one of their players sustained a serious head injury during a match.
On the 8th of November, Alex Fletcher was rushed to hospital after colliding with concrete advertising boards during Bath City’s game with Dulwich Hamlet at Twerton Park.
The incident, came five minutes into the National League South fixture, leading to the match being abandoned. After being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, he underwent emergency neurosurgery in order to stabilise his condition and has remained in intensive care ever since.
In an update provided by the club on the 16th of November, City said Fletcher was showing “small signs of improvement”, but remained in a critical condition.
It has now been decided that the club’s first team will return to action this weekend after recent games were postponed following the incident.
But now he has issued a statement to supporters, and boy is it a touching one.
⚽️ | 𝙂𝙊𝙇𝘼𝙕𝙊𝙊𝙊
Elliott Frear paid tribute to his Devon Car School friend Alex Fletcher by emulating his ’21/22 Goal of the Season at the same end of the same ground in yesterday’s emotional FA Trophy win at Billericay Town 🖤🤍
— Bath City FC (@BathCity_FC) November 20, 2022
The club is very pleased to share this update from Alex and his family.
A message from Alex: “Thank you all so much for your kindness, generosity and messages of good will that you have sent to me through what has been the most challenging period of my life.
“I am now off the intensive care unit and continuing my recovery on the neurosurgery ward assisted by the wonderful staff and nurses here.
“I want to say a special thank you to all those who have been looking after me and my family and to everyone who has contributed to the go fund me page which will help me get back to doing what I love to do as soon as possible.
“It will be a long road to recovery but I will draw on all of the love and support that everyone has shown, every step of the way.
“Look forward to seeing you all in the future but in the meantime, up the Romans”
Alex’s family and fiancé added: “We are all very relieved and so happy that Alex is now out of intensive care and heading in the right direction.
“We echo his words in thanking everyone who has shown so much love, good will and support towards us all and are convinced that this has helped in his recovery immensely.”
Bath added: “We too thank everyone for the support shown to Alex, his family and the Club this far. Our supporters have been amazing and we know that you’ll all be with us, side by side with Fletch, during his recovery.”
A message from Alex Fletcher. pic.twitter.com/rYuXjcZPtb
— Bath City FC (@BathCity_FC) November 21, 2022
This is what social media users had to say as Bath City’s Alex Fletcher speaks for the first time after colliding with an advertising hoarding wall a few weeks ago…
@pcarolan6: Wonderful to hear you are making such good progress. Wishing you all the best in your recovery
@Gallifrey5: Positive news which is a great relief. There’s loads of support behind & with you Alex 🙏 ♥ Be strong Be patient 😊
@Jon_BOA: The absolute best news we could get to brighten up a grey Monday.
@scottyroge8: That news has made alot of peoples day !! Fantastic to hear , get on super fletch !!! 💛🖤🤍🙏
@crazybrit28: Fantastic news from an argyle supporter 💚
@ollieajcox: Best news we could’ve asked for today. What a man. Keep going Alex. We’re all with you 🤍🖤
@RG2Gas: Good news 👍
@SheridanRobins: Amazing update. Keep fighting, Alex 🤍
@YCFC1972: Cheered me up reading this. Keep pushing fella and take every day as it comes. 👊
@gratomk: This message has made my day, so relieved he is making good progress. Brilliant news
@leon_dave_smith: Great news to start the week, all the best with your continued recovery
@PaulGMiles22: Fabulous news Alex. Best wishes from everyone in this part of SE London.
@Jacquesy1980: That’s probably the best news anyone with a real love for football could hear today, even trumping a hopeful England win. Take the time needed to recover, somethings are more important than the beautiful game
@mynameislaraine: Excellent news. Continuing to wish Alex a full recovery soon
@jugglingmum2011: This is a wonderful thing to read! From your neighbouring rovers fans we wish you well 💙
@Cr7Heather: Oh this is amazing. Keep fighting, Alex. Barnsley FC supporters are with you! ⚽️⚽️⚽️
@Groundhopperpa: Fantastic news. One of our own (Argyle supporter)
@charlierackham3: Fantastic news! All the best for your recovery ❤️🩹
Brilliant to hear you’re making progress, Alex. Keep fighting! 💪
— Yeovil Town F.C. (@YTFC) November 21, 2022
💪 Great to hear you’re on the up, Alex!! We’re right behind you.
— Exeter City Supporters’ Trust (@ECFCST) November 21, 2022
Fantastic News, Keep fighting and best wishes from everyone in Mangotsfield
— Mangotsfield United FC (@MangotsfieldUtd) November 21, 2022
This is the best news we could’ve heard! Keep on fighting Fletch! We’re all with you every step of the way 👏
— Tiverton Town F.C 🟡⚫ (@tivertontownfc) November 21, 2022
Brilliant news your recovery has started — all the very best!
— Bognor Regis Town FC (@rocks1883) November 21, 2022