Manager Southworth in stable condition.....
Thwaites FC manager Dominic Southworth is in a stable condition following a
meningitis scare on Tuesday evening. Southworth was rushed to hospital on
Tuesday night due to his condition. However, it was announced by the club
that Southworth has a viral infection and his illness is not as serious as
first thought. He is thought to be in a stable condition and has been
advised by the team doctor to have plenty of bed rest.
The under-fire boss missed Wednesday night's historic 3-1 win against
Grampus 7. Ironically, it was the first win for Southworth in the seven a
side company league - unfortunately he was not there to see it. Thwaites
players along with Grampus 7 players, many of whom attend Southworth's home,
the Station pub and represent them at football in the combination wished
Southworth well and hoped for him to make a speedy recovery.
Midfielder Jamie Hopwood, who is Southworth's cousin also missed Tuesday's
game with a swollen ankle. Hopwood is also expected to miss Sunday's
7-a-side match through injury. He picked up the injury last Sunday against
Acme after being pole-axed in the final few minutes of the game. Thwaites
lost the game 3-0 despite Hopwood putting in an excellent performance in the
Thwaites engine room. Hopwood also appears to be suffering from a back
injury which he picked up in bed on Thursday evening. He was seen limping
into work this morning in a great deal of pain. He should be fit enough,
however to travel to Goodison Park on Sunday on a scouting mission.
Meanwhile, the Thwaites board of directors have confirmed they may need to
make a swoop in the transfer market in the coming weeks as stars such as Dan
Logan and Norman Bell have cricket responsibilities and Paul Sankey, a loan
signing from Grimsby is on holiday in Australia for three weeks in the
The board have refused to comment on allegations they want Sankey to stay
there rather than come home. It is believed Sankey, however, will miss his
local fish recipe too much to stay down under. Sankey was unavailable for
comment as he is currently facing hooliganism charges after being arrested
by East Yorkshire police over a fight after a recent game. The fight took
place in a fish & chip shop in Grimsby after they had defeated Burnley 3-1
in an all-Yorkshire encounter. It is also believed Sankey attempted to steal
a piece of cod from behind the counter. However, he was stopped in his
tracks by a 6 year old girl who attacked him with her skipping rope.