Andy’s football career ends with bad injury

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A LEADING Driffield goal scorer has announced his retirement from football after suffering a broken leg in a top of the league clash over the weekend.

Driffield Times & Post sports editor Andy Stabler, 35, known to many as Fred, was due to undergo an operation today to have a metal rod inserted into his right leg after he was injured in a tackle while playing for Driffield EI against Wawne Ferry in Bransholme on Saturday afternoon.

The game was a top of the East Riding County Premiere league clash and saw Driffield EI win 2-0 over Wawne Ferry, with the injury coming shortly after Andy scored the first goal of the game.

The broken tibia and fibula is the same injury Andy suffered in 1999 which saw him out of action for two years. This time he said he will never kick a football again.

Speaking from his hospital bed at Hull Royal Infirmary, Andy – who has been the club’s leading goal scorer since his return four seasons ago – said: “As soon as it happened I knew I had done it without looking at my leg. The worst thing is knowing that I won’t kick a football again.”

Everyone at the Times wishes Andy all the best with his recovery.

l For the full story, see page 1 of today’s Driffield Times.