Football: On-loan goalkeeper, 17, donates £1,000 to Bashley's survival fund

Bournemouth Echo: PLEDGE: Bashley's on-loan youngster Monty George PLEDGE: Bashley's on-loan youngster Monty George

TEENAGE loanee and budding entrepreneur Monty George came up trumps for Bashley off the pitch after he donated £1,000 to help save the financially stricken club.

The 17-year-old back-up goalkeeper, borrowed from Conference club Salisbury City, stunned staff and supporters at the struggling Southern League outfit by pledging the sizeable sum from the profits of his online business.

Salisbury-based George, who also spent time with Cherries' academy where he picked up the nickname 'Python' from goalkeeping coach Neil Moss, started baking bread for his local shop at the age of seven.

By the time he was 14, he had started buying and selling imported electronic goods and pest control products from China while also selling at a profit items bought from £1 retailers on the high street.

As well as sending out up to 280 products a day, George is studying for four A levels at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School, Salisbury while also training with his hometown club following his release from Yeovil Town's academy in September.

Explaining his generous act, George told the Daily Echo: “Bashley have made me feel very welcome and having got to know all the guys I just wanted to help out.

“Football has given me a lot and I was in a position to help out so I did. It would be a shame to see the club go under.

“I saw they needed the money and realised I could contribute. To me, I'm not doing anything with the money at the moment and I like the club so I am happy to be able to help.”

George, whose target is to be in a position to retire at the age of 21, plans to live the student life by buying houses to rent out near universities while he “kicks on” with other business interests and tries to develop his football career.

“I want to take my football as far as I can. Will Puddy (Salisbury City goalkeeper) runs his own business and manages the two quite well so you can do it if you really want to.”

Bashley's joint-manager Paul Gazzard said: “I don't know how many years I have spent in football but I have never known anything like it.

“The lad isn't even getting paid, he turns up and plays when we need him to and doesn't grumble if Nic Jones is available and plays ahead of him.

“I'm just taken back by it all. It was a tremendous, selfless act.”

Meanwhile, chairman Mike Cranidge, who was “gobsmacked” by George's "generosity”, revealed talks had started with a group of “senior club members” over keeping Bash alive.

The three-strong consortium, confirmed as having been headed by former AFC Totton committee member Nick Ferguson, released a statement declaring they had withdrawn their interest as a result.

Cranidge politely declined to comment on the identity of the club members involved but said: “Talks with the consortium are now dead and we are unlikely to revisit that option.

“Discussions will continue with the members this week but the signs are very encouraging that we can make it a viable proposition, particularly after the success of the Just Giving page.”

Despite taking the lead through Jack Odam's wonder strike, Bash slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to play-off chasers St Albans City yesterday.

Bash: Jones, Rolls, Flint (Manders, 71), Ansell, Marden, Bulpitt, Roberts (Joyce, 86), Soetan, Kenna, Odam, Strickland. Unused subs: Morris, Brookes, George (g/k).

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4:08pm Sun 23 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Very well done Monty,Pity more do not follow in your footsteps.
Very well done Monty,Pity more do not follow in your footsteps. pete woodley
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4:12pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Jonwel says...

What a great lad to do this. His parents must be very proud of him.
What a great lad to do this. His parents must be very proud of him. Jonwel
  • Score: 23

2:06pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Ben Dingrun says...

Fantastic gesture from the young lad, but this does raise a much bigger issue - where are all the Bashed supporters who want THEIR club saved?
£5000 is not a great deal to raise at this level if your club is in dire straits. Two donations totalling £3000 have got them over the line via the begging site, one from an on loan player and the other via someone unconnected. Where would they be without these?
Fantastic gesture from the young lad, but this does raise a much bigger issue - where are all the Bashed supporters who want THEIR club saved? £5000 is not a great deal to raise at this level if your club is in dire straits. Two donations totalling £3000 have got them over the line via the begging site, one from an on loan player and the other via someone unconnected. Where would they be without these? Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 24

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