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Wheelchair user wins pitch battle

By Lewis Irons
Dumfries and West
Wheelchair user wins pitch battle

A FOOTBALL coach who was told he could not go on artificial pitches in his wheelchair is determined to put the past behind him.

Connor Fergusson from Dumfries is relieved that Greystone Rovers and Mid-Annandale FC have now told him he is allowed on their surfaces — leaving the Heston Rovers coach to focus on his goals.

But the 25-year-old admits that it wasn’t easy to move on after the row.

He said: “It took a while to get over but I’m getting there.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of my pals about it and ever since the story was in the papers and stuff a lot of people have shown their support and spoken to me about it.

“I’m just glad that it was resolved in the end.”

Mid-Annandale FC Chairman Allan Agnew, who pushed for Connor to be allowed back on the club’s 3G pitches, is happy to see the situation resolved too.

He said: “Myself and Connor sat down with Heston chairman Alan Watson, we all shook hands and we’re more than happy to see Connor on our pitches again.

“But that’s not the end of it, I want to take this forward and see to it that all wheelchairs are allowed on the artificial pitches.”

Connor is preparing to complete his SFA C-license coaching badge in a couple of weeks and went through a practice session at the weekend. But after the ordeal involving two football clubs in the region, Connor was scared that he didn’t have the drive or confidence to carry on coaching.

He said: “I just need to get my confidence back up and doing that practice session for my C-license at the weekend helped a lot.

“I was a bag of nerves at the start because I really lost interest for a while, but thankfully I’m better now.”

He added: “All I want to do is get it out the way and crack on with coaching again because it’s what I want to do.

“The support from family, friends and even people I didn’t know was unbelievable and really helped me, because I had kept it to myself before and I wasn’t sure it was right to speak up about it, but I’m glad I did.”


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