“I feel very lucky to be here” Dersingham Rovers manager back home after crash

Dersingham Rovers joint manager Robbie Back at home with his children Harvey and Emily.

Dersingham Rovers joint manager Robbie Back at home with his children Harvey and Emily. - Credit: Robbie Back

A football team's manager was yesterday making his way back to Norfolk and admitted he was lucky to be alive after injuring his back in a car accident near Bristol.

Dersingham Rovers joint manager Robbie Back was hurt when his car was in collision with two lorries on the M5 on Thursday.

'I feel very lucky to be here,' said Mr Back, 41.

'I've felt better but I do feel a lot brighter today; obviously they've been dosing me up for the pain.

'I've fractured one of the blocks in my back and hurt my arm pretty badly.


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'I'm lucky to have got out alive. I managed to close the M5 for two hours so I did a proper job of it.'

Mr Back, from Bexwell Road, Downham Market, was treated at the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, after the accident but was yesterday told he could return home and is now targeting a return to the dug-out.

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'It's frustrating obviously. I broke my leg five years ago playing football and it has brought back memories of that.

'There's three games left and I'm hoping to get back in the dug-out for at least one of them, although I don't know if that will be possible.'

While he has been in hospital Mr Back has been flooded with messages of support on Twitter from friends, family and his squad.

'The support was fantastic.

'I got loads of tweets which kept my spirits up and it was great news from the lads when I heard they had won.

'That did cheer me up although I heard it should have been 10-0 not 4-0.

'My wife and kids came down on Sunday and it was a bit of a wrench when they had to leave. I've been fighting to get closer to home so hopefully that will happen.'

In Mr Back's absence Dersingham Rovers recorded a 4-0 victory over Hempnall and are on course for their highest ever finish in the Anglian Combination Premier Division.

Gary English, joint manager of Dersingham Rovers along with Mr Back, said: 'I wish him well of course and hopefully he'll be back soon.

'I think it'll be hard to keep him away to be fair, he's a real football guy.

'A lot of the lads wanted to win the game for him and some of them had T-shirts made up saying 'Do it for Backie'.

'It's a shame we can't win the title but we've had a good season and we want to finish as high as possible.

'When we joined the club we were happy just to stay in the league so to finish as high as 4th or 5th would be great.'

Dersingham Rovers are currently sixth in the league which would be the club's highest finish in the division.

They are hoping that even with one half of their management team sidelined they can push on and finish strongly for 'Backie'.

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