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raised of £4,000 target by 3 supporters

    Weʼve raised £60 to help a fellow football fan.

    Funded on Sunday, 20th May 2018

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    English Football fans unite!

    Let’s get together and support a fellow football fan… And see which club has the most generous fans in English football.

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    Last year, I made a vlog when Newcastle United came to Rotherham. I happened to catch the moment that a Geordie won £36k. I posted the video on Facebook and it had 100,000 views in less than 24 Hours. As result of the video I had a few friend requests from football fans from around the world.

    Ryan Gibson (from the USA) and I became Facebook friends. I have never met Ryan or even spoken with him, but I have followed his plight.

    Ryan has never asked for support, either financially or otherwise.

    Ryan is a Navy Veteran. After he left the navy, he had to put his career on hold when a when a tumour was found behind his right eye.

    The tumour turned out to be Ocular Melanoma, a very rare form of eye cancer. Only 2,000 people are diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma every year. Ryan lost his eye to the disease. An additional complication was a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) to deal with.

    That’s bad, right?

    No NHS... Towards the end of 2017 Ryan started to experience symptoms of a re-occurrence but because of his medical history, his medical insurance didn’t cover all the necessary tests, so Ryan had to select the most ‘cost effective’ tests, forgoing the more expensive tests.

    That’s bad, right?

    On New Years Eve, a drunk driver hit the car Ryan was travelling in head on (see photo below). Ryan suffered:

    Shattered left femur

    Shattered right ankle

    Right and left tibia broken at the knees

    Ruptured spleen

    3 broken ribs

    How bad can someone have it?

    I have witnessed the occasional 'down day' his positivity outweighs negativity by a country mile.

    Our American cousins have raised $6K on a go fund me page for the lad.

    Imagine if everyone from the EFL/PL community chucked a quid in, it would absolutely smash this, let’s get together and help a fellow footy fan.

    Even though he’s a Yank, Ryan is a proper football (soccer!!) fan, his prosthetic eye even sports the Bayern Munich badge!

    Ryan has a long road to rehabilitation ahead, together we can make his journey easier!

    Add Ryan of Facebook or Instagram and you will see for yourself!

    Insta: @bayern_ryan

    Yours in sport, Matt.



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      • David Pollard

        David Pollard

        Mar 5, 2018

        Nice one Matt. Let's hope we can do some good for Ryan


      • Anonymous


        Jan 23, 2018


      • Matt Skelding

        Matt Skelding

        Jan 22, 2018

        Rotherham United. Wishing you a speedy recovery Ryan.


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