Any events that may occur in football are brought into sharp perspective when one is confronted by the sad events surrounding the collapse of Fabrice Muamba yesterday, in the FA Cup match at White Hart Lane between Tottenham and Bolton.
One has only to see the grief and concern shown on the faces of his team-mates, the Spurs team members and the crowd to know that what they are witnessing is absolutely shocking.
Fabrice had escaped with his family from the war torn area of that part of Africa now known as Zaire, a country torn apart by internal division, and come to the UK to seek a better life. His young life had been fashioned by fear with the sound of guns being fired and bullets passing close by. He arrived in the UK with no English language skills but set about learning to speak and read English and eventually was successful in gaining some A-levels. However, his big love was to play football and he eventually signed for Arsenal and then transferred to Birmingham and eventually Bolton. He is a regular in the England Under-21 national side.
Fabrice has a partner, Shuana, and a son, Joshua Jeremiah, and our thoughts must be with them at this awful time.
At the moment of writing it is unclear about Fabrice’s medical condition but I’m sure all Trust members and Imps supporters are united in wishing him a complete and speedy recovery.