BREAKING NEWS FRIDAY 9.50AM: Ankle injury forces ex-Spalding winger Thurlbourne to retire

Spalding United left-sided winger Jamie Thurlbourne (27) has been forced to retire because of an ankle injury.  Photo by Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography.
Spalding United left-sided winger Jamie Thurlbourne (27) has been forced to retire because of an ankle injury. Photo by Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography.
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There are reports this morning that ex-Spalding United winger Jamie Thurlbourne has been forced to give up the game because of an ankle injury.

Tulips boss Pat Rayment backed up a message on social media from Wisbech Town, another of Thurlbourne’s former clubs, confirming that the 27-year-old has been advised by specialists to give up football and sport in general.

Thurlbourne, who also played for King’s Lynn Town and Newmarket Town, scored nine goals in 50 appearances for Spalding United last season when they finished seventh in Evo-Stik Division One.

Rayment said: “Jamie went for a scan last week after complaining of a pain in his ankle.

“If there was such a thing as a nil ankle, this would be it because to carry on playing, Jamie would need a new ankle.

“The specialists reckon this might have been going on for years and I’m just gutted for the lad because he’s only 27 and he has a left foot that I’ve not seen many better than.

If there was such a thing as a nil ankle, this would be it because to carry on playing, Jamie would need a new ankle.

Pat Rayment, Spalding United manager

“I really feel for Jamie but that can’t be anything like how he’s feeling right now.”