Former England and Watford legend Luther Blissett sent a tweet to youngster Jake Rafferty on Thursday following the Binfield right-back’s serious ankle injury sustained during the Allied Counties Youth League tie with Knaphill at Stubbs Lane.
Blissett – who earned 14 caps for England and played for the Hornets and AC Milan during a playing career that spanned nearly 20 years – tweeted Binfield first team manager Roger Herridge and included Rafferty’s twitter handle @jrafferty0 in the tweet.
@BinfieldACYouth hope your lad is ok Roger
— Luther Blissett (@LBliss8) September 28, 2016
‘Bliss’ – currently involved off the field at Hellenic Premier side Burnham – was one of many well wishers who have posted on social media.
Related: See all the Binfield youth fixtures and results on our Allied Counties South Division page here
The Binfield youth assistant manager Mark Poole tweeted ‘All the best Jack, heard is was break and dislocation, so I hope you are okay now. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!!’
@Jrafferty0 All the best Jack, heard is was break and dislocation, so I hope you are okay now. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!!
— Mark Poole (@MrTugBoat18) September 29, 2016
Herridge followed up his original tweet.
— Roger Herridge (@Rog0109) September 29, 2016
And there were further posts from the local footballing fraternity including Bracknell Town’s youth team account and Binfield first team captain Alex Luis.
@Jrafferty0 Yes, speedy recovery Jack but make sure you come back when ready and stronger. Time and talent is on your side
— Glenn 'Duggledinhio' Duggleby (@duggleby) September 29, 2016
@Jrafferty0 on behalf of all the 1st team we wish you a speedy recovery mate. Hope to see you back playing soon ⚽️🔴
— Alex Luis (@AlexLuis14) September 29, 2016
Rafferty has also received messages of support from club mates at Stubbs Lane.
— Josh Griggs (@josh_griggs24) September 29, 2016
— Ewan Lynch (@LynchEwan) September 29, 2016
All of us at FootballinBracknell would like to wish Jack a quick recovery – particularly in light of starting the season so positively.
Main image: Via @binfieldacyouth