A semi-pro footballer whose career ended after being on the receiving end of a tackle in a Unibond league game, has won his injury compensation claim. Marcus Hallows, who played for Altrincham five years ago, was injured in a tackle by Ashton United player Danny White. Mr Hallows suffered a fractured tibia and fibula and has been unable to play another game since. He was rushed to hospital from pitch side and almost died as his heart stopped in the ambulance. He now works as an Elvis impersonator and has won a compensation claim against Ashton United for his injuries. The club was ordered in the High Court to pay him £32,000 for the loss of injuries as he was unable to pay again.
Ashton United however has stated that they are unable to pay the compensation due to financial difficulties. The club is one of the oldest football clubs in the North West of England, being formed as it was in 1878 under the name Hurst FC. They were the 1885 Manchester Senior Cup winners, even beating the team that would go on to be known as Manchester United – Newton Heath. Ashton United chairman David Aspinall was disappointed with the decision saying, “It was an honest challenge. The referee was five yards away and didn’t even give a free-kick.” Mr White – the deliverer of the tackle – now plays for Retford and could be liable to pay the injury compensation claim if the club cannot pay.
This case has been seen as a landmark case for semi-pro footballers and could see the widespread use of insurance for players and clubs.