City agree Carey benefit visit date
Norwich City will play British Gas Business, Southern League Premier Division leaders King's Lynn in a special benefit match for Shaun Carey at The Walks on Wednesday, October 4.
Norwich City will play British Gas Business, Southern League Premier Division leaders King's Lynn in a special benefit match for Shaun Carey at The Walks on Wednesday, October 4. (7.45pm)
The former Canaries midfielder broke his leg in two places during Lynn's 2-1 league win against Corby earlier this month.
Carey underwent surgery at the town's QEH hospital but is expected to be in plaster until the New Year.
Canaries' boss Nigel Worthington wants Norfolk's football community to turn out in force.
"We've agreed to play King's Lynn for a very worthy cause," he said. "It's to help a former Norwich City player who has suffered a very nasty injury. They've had a good start to their season and hopefully it will be a good night with a big crowd."
The 30-year-old made his debut in a league cup tie against Torquay in September 1995 - the first of 76 appearances for the Carrow Road club during a five-year spell.
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Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins revealed this week he is considering legal action after obtaining video evidence of the tackle from Corby's Robbie Maddox.
"It was a really terrible injury for Shaun and his wife is expecting a baby soon so the timing is even worse," he said. "Shaun's been with us for about 18 months now. In that time he's always been a whole-hearted and committed player - just as he was during his time at Norwich City.
"We hope that King's Lynn and Norwich fans, and fans of football in general, will come along to The Walks to watch a good game of football and support Shaun and his family in the process."
Lynn team mate Matt Nolan insists Carey deserves his special night.
"Fair play to Norwich - it just shows what respect they have for him," said the talented striker. "Hopefully he'll get a big crowd and we can raise some money. Shaun is a great character in the dressing room and all the lads were devastated at the time. I heard a crack and honestly thought it was his shin pad. When we realised what had actually happened we just felt sick."
A charity golf day is among the other fund raising ideas being discussed.
Admission prices: Adults £5, concessions £2.50 and £1 per child.