An ex-Aldershot Town player revives his career after being shockingly stabbed as he was on his way home from training back in 2018.
Montel Brown was approached by a 14 year old boy who asked where he was from, after replying with “Chingford”, Brown was then stabbed in the stomach and the attacker then fled the scene.
This in turn ended the footballer’s playing career, or at least that’s what was said at the time, because since then, he rejoined Aldershot as a player for the Shots under 23s team.
After an attack that left him with life-threatening injuries, we’re delighted to report that Montel Brown is back in training with the @AcademyATFC U23 side. 🔴🔵🔴 https://t.co/dPDfLNI01L pic.twitter.com/lIZyqMJIr3
— Aldershot Town FC (@OfficialShots) August 22, 2019
That was in August 2019, and then he went out on trial with Hendon for a pre-season friendly, coming on as a substitute to see out his side’s 4-1 win over Berkhampsted ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Prior to getting caught up in that shocking incident, the former Southend footballer had been working towards a professional contract and hoped to play Premier League football after being spotted by the scouts of West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.
After the stabbing, he spent a month in a coma and nearly died on the operating table after he lost nearly every ounce of blood in his body.
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He struggled to walk and has thought deeply about the years of recovery he will have to do.
In a statement, Montel said a teammate who was with him when he was stabbed, has just signed his first professional contract.
He said to the court: “A 14-year-old stranger has ruined my life, my hopes and my dreams. I should also have been signing a contract but he has taken that away from me.
“Instead, he has left me in so much pain, something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life.”
“This has affected my football career, something I have been working towards for the past 12 years”, he said.
“I’m totally devastated. I used to be able to run up and down a football pitch for 90 minutes. Now I find it hard to walk for five minutes without stopping to take a break.”
“My six pack has gone, I am left with a large ugly wound.”
It is said that the 14 year old told his youth worker after the attack that he had bought a knife from a market after being the victim of an attempted robbery by boys from Chingford.
The court also heard “he was hellbent on revenge on the Chingford Boys” and that the attacker changed out of his school uniform and armed himself with the knife that day intending to carry out an attack.
Just three days before he stabbed Montel Brown, he tried out an attack on a fellow pupil at school that he filmed and posted on social media.
A judge sentenced the boy to four-and-a-half years in youth detention, and an extra four years on licence after his release as well as pleading guilty to one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Around the time of the attack, a tweet (which was read by Montel’s Dad) from a member of the public helped to save Montel Brown’s life, the life saver then got floods of praise.
Driving to Woodford station I see a 18yr old lad laying in the road. He’d been stabbed in the stomach seconds before I got there. Luckily I had the first aid kit in the boot for a swab and foil blanket. Looking in his eyes while he asks me am I going to die. Not on my watch son
Life saver thank you! https://t.co/PvGD6xxwSN
— Montel brown (@Montel_D_Brown) April 14, 2018
Montel’s Dad wrote…
Andrew thank you and God bless you for helping my son He is such a good loving boy and this is a random and unprovoked attack on my innocent beautiful son 🙏
— Dr Carlton Brown PhD (@carltonbrown59) March 16, 2018
Dr Carlton Brown, it’s quite clear that in the short time I was with your son he is a wonderful young man and a credit to his family. I wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully you can all move on from this traumatic time.
This right here is the best of Twitter 🙇♂️
— Joseph Steyne (@JosephSteyne) March 16, 2018
The life saver then received floods of praise…
— Bradley (coty) (@cotyfour0) March 17, 2018
Proper hero. Thank you sir. I’ve lived in Woodford 40 years and hate seeing these reports. Wish people could just get along.
— Daniel Barber (@bookem78) March 15, 2018
I am so proud to say Andrew is my nephew.He was raised to know right from wrong and to offer a help to anyone in need. I saw him grow from a caring child to a fantastic dad to 3 beautiful kids. Anyone would be proud to have him as their https://t.co/ktHoY10I9I you Andrew xxxx
— Sharon Mcbride (@SharonMcbride83) March 17, 2018
Hits home on so many levels most over ridingly the futile nature and randomness of knife crime,fully support hard hitting justice for those found with weapons of this nature on them. Very lucky passer by had the necessary skills to deal with situation-respect to u @AHollands79
— Bad Scooter (@Tull1908) March 16, 2018
In an age where 99% of people would have ignored his needs, you sir, are a hero 👐
— Adam (@cupcuppington) March 17, 2018
Fans reacted back in 2019 as the ex-Aldershot player revives his career after being stabbed on the way home from training…
@Down__South: Congratulations Montel. It will be a hard slog and a long road, but wishing you the best of luck.
@ExileToffee: Good luck with your recovery lad.
@Jules4872: Excellent news Montel – never give up, determination and good family and people around you.
@cam_lyttle98: Well done Montel keep on going mate, so pleased your back on road to recovery and back to what we love Football.
@ATFC_Brady: Fantastic news. The fact that he has managed to return to training after what happened, speaks a lot about his passion for the game and about him as a person. Wishing you the best on your road to playing again
@JohnLHannah: Well done Montel getting back in to training with the @AcademyATFC U23 after life threatening injuries. Every piece of good luck and best wishes for the future
@Gallifrey5: Good luck Montel with your comeback. Such strength to return & push on is an inspiration
@TasAlexandrou: A fantastic young man with an amazing spirit and wonderfully supportive family. Well done Montel x
@Feerabs: Good luck for the future – you couldn’t be in a more supportive and professional place with these players and coaches!