He was on the receiving end of a “really bad challenge” during the first half of tie, which at the time was at 0-0, before going on to lose 2-1 in extra time.
Our GK Dan Ellis suffered a broken tibia during 1st half yesterday vs @CorinthianFC Amazingly he carried on to play 120 mins of football (saving a pen) before going to hospital.We wish him a speedy recovery and we will be raising money for Dan at our home game vs @AFCCroydonAth pic.twitter.com/AUDpFHFX2x
— Chatham Town FC (@ChathamTownFC) January 12, 2020
Chatham’s own version of Bert Trautmann, the famous Man City goalkeeper played on in the 1956 FA Cup Final with a broken neck, made many an incredible save during the game.
Manager Scott Lindsey said: “Dan had the ball securely in his hands and it’s a really bad challenge.
“He was down for a long period of time, the physio got him to his feet and he sort of limped his way through the rest of the half.
“We got him in at half-time and strapped it up and I said to Dan to go out and keep moving because the longer you sit down, it will stiffen up and get worse.
“We wanted him to play on because, ironically, it’s the first time since I’ve been here that we haven’t had a keeper on the bench as Jordan Carey was playing dual-registration for VCD.
“Dan was in a hell of a lot of pain but he’s a really strong character, he’s a man’s man and he showed great character to get through it.
“He was our best player, he made some unbelievable saves and he’ll go down in history for what he did.
“It was just a shame we couldn’t win the game for him.
“I’ve done it myself where I’ve broken my leg and played on.
“You feel the pain but in the chaos of the game you get through it.”
The keeper’s leg break was confirmed after the fourth round tie and it’s suspected that he’s got ligament damage.
Ellis managed to pull of a save from Luke Tanner’s spot-kick in the second half before Chatham got themselves ahead thanks to Jack Evans with 20 minutes of the second half remaining.
They conceded a second penalty kick shortly after, which Oscar Housego converted and then got the winner for Corinthian FC in extra time.
Freezing beezing at @ChathamTownFC #FAVase game this afternoon. Sadly Chatham lost in extra time but it was a good game in front of a fab crowd, which, randomly, included @jimmybullard. Onwards and upwards to the next game! #upthechats pic.twitter.com/vFKLo3sVtX
— Tracey Crouch (@tracey_crouch) January 11, 2020
The Chatham manager added: “Corinthian thoroughly deserved to go through and I wish them all in the best in the next round.
“It was possibly the worst game of football I’ve seen in my life.
“We went through a full bag of balls just where it was kicked out of play time and time again.
“I’ve never seen so many throw-ins and such a stop-start game but I’ve got to give Corinthian credit because they game with a gameplan and their style of football beat ours.
“There’s no right or wrong way to play, it’s whoever gets their method right on the day.
“They did that, they’re through, they win a lot of games and they’ve got a chance of going all the way.”
Really brave goalkeeping display yesterday with the injury he received. Probably deserved a bit more credit than he got it…
— Warren Taylor (@WarrenT88801465) January 12, 2020
No way, I was there and he soldiered on with a break ? … Well done that man ????
— LostandNorthern (@LostandN) January 12, 2020
Just imagine how good he would have been without a broken leg. He pulled of a least 4 brilliant saves
— Anthony Martin (@Anthony40589503) January 12, 2020
— Paul Tidey (@PaulTidey) January 12, 2020
All the best Dan , unbelievable display yesterday and even more heroic considering the injury , such bad luck has been immense since his return to the team ⚽️⚽️⚽️
— Chatham Town Ladies FC U/14 (@chatham_u) January 12, 2020
@DidiLloydCAM1: Dan was amazing yesterday!
@Tun_Wells_FC: Get well soon!
@ekgill: Absolute legend, All the best Dan, hope to see you back asap
@gillingham57: Who needs the premiership go on the chats
@Anthony40589503: Man of the match was most definitely Chatham Town’s Goal Keeper, outstanding saves