FC United of Manchester goalkeeper Dave Carnell has received heartfelt support from a 12-year-old boy who aspires to be like him in a series of inspiring tweets. 

Lee Partington, who plays between the sticks himself, tweeted the player to wish him well after he was brutally attacked last weekend following the club’s belated end-of-season awards ceremony at Broadhurst Park.

The youngster described Carnell as his ‘idol’ and expressed that both he and midfielder Jerome Wright are his favourite players from the National League North team he watches on a regular basis.

Lee then urged for the culprits to be caught before finishing with the message ‘hope you get better’.

Father-of-two Carnell responded: “Wow what a nice message to wake up to. I think even Jerome Wright will tell you reactions and messages like that is why we love what we do.”

The 30-year-old then asked Lee to let him know when he is next at an FC United game so he can meet him in person.

Here is the full exchange of Lee’s kind words of support for his fellow shot-stopper…






Carnell is likely to miss a number of games as he recovers at his home in Chadderton after being kicked in the head and suffering several facial scars during the attack.

The building engineer, who picked up the club’s players’ player of the year award among several accolades, was discharged from the Royal Oldham Hospital in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Boss Karl Marginson recruited former Stockport County and Stalybridge Celtic custodian Lewis King this week to add extra cover whilst his number one makes a full recovery.

Carnell is believed to be a popular figure in the dressing room and kept 25 clean sheets in all competitions last season as the Rebels earned promotion to the sixth tier of English football for the first time in their 10-year history.

FC United beat Evo-Stik First Division North outfit Witton Albion 3-1 in the FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday.

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