Ex-Cambridge United goalie gets on his bike to support Mildenhall fan Simon Dobbin

Former Cambridge United goalkeeper Danny Potter, centre, is taking part in a cycle ride to raise funds for Simon Dobbin ANL-160305-115128001
Former Cambridge United goalkeeper Danny Potter, centre, is taking part in a cycle ride to raise funds for Simon Dobbin ANL-160305-115128001
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Former Cambridge United goalkeeper Danny Potter is returning to the club on a bike to help raise money for brain damaged fan Simon Dobbin.

Simon, from Mildenhall, was attacked in Southend while on the way home from a match on March 21, 2015. His family want to raise £20,000 to help care for him and Danny is joining a small group of fans cycling 107 miles from the Abbey Stadium to Field Mill, home of Mansfield Town FC this weekend.

Simon Dobbin  with his wife Nicole.
 Picture Mark Westley ANL-160323-170837009

Simon Dobbin with his wife Nicole. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160323-170837009

Danny, who played for ‘the Us’ from 2007 to 2010 and now runs DP Elite goalkeeper coaching school in Ipswich, said: “I remember reading about Simon’s plight in a newspaper and have followed the story in the news since. When I received the call from Gary Atyes asking me if I would be willing to take part in a charity bike ride, I was more than happy to get involved.

“Having had 18 years in professional sport I thought riding 107 miles over two days would be easy but I soon realised this was going to be tougher than I thought.

“But the training is going well and with the help of Revel Outdoors in Bury St Edmunds, I now have a specialised bike that has certainly made things a bit more comfortable.”

Robert Osbourn, chair of Cambridge Fans United, said: ”It’s wonderful that Danny, a former player, is willing to help a supporter like this.

“He was an innocent victim in the attack and football fans getting together to show their support is a great way of making a stand against violence, as well as giving him a boost.”

Donate online at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/mansfieldfordobbo