Career ending injury for Bromley youngster Speed
BROMLEY – Young Ben Speed is forced to end his career in football after a horrific tackle during a competitive game with Bromley U18 against Shrewsbury Town U18. After the 16-year-old midfielder was taken off the pitch on a stretcher, he was taken straight into surgery. His rehabilitation took several blows during the months that passed, where multiple surgeries were needed. Although Speed is able to fully walk and run again, he will never be able to play football on a respectable level. Much was expected from Speed, who played as a central midfielder. Rumors were he had recently attracted the interest from several ‘big clubs’ from the Premier League.
Bromley manager: 'Devastating... This lad has an unique talent'
BROMLEY – News that Ben Speed is forced to end his career at the age of 16 has hit Bromley FC hard. Manager Mark Goldberg was shocked by the news the young midfielder would never be able to play football again. “It is devastating, for this club, for the fans but most off all for Roger himself”, the 60-year-old was quoted by the Bromley Times. “This lad has a unique talent that you don’t see very often. The way he reads games is unbelievable for a player his age. He is without a doubt one of the biggest young talents that I have ever seen. He reminded me of Paul Scholes.” Speed joined the first team’s training this summer and the club was making plans to take him up into the match squad, despite his young age. “It is a bitter blow to everyone at this club”, Goldberg finished.
'Arsenal, United and Spurs had high hopes in signing him'
LONDON – Multiple clubs from the Premier League had some interested in young Ben Speed. The talented midfield recently completed an trial period at Arsenal, but was also in talks with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. The three English superpowers would have had a keen interest in the youngster of Bromley FC. A serious knee injury recently put an end to the career of Speed. His club would now consider taking the 16-year-old under their care and involving him in the first team as a member of the backroom staff.
Bromley offer Speed opportunity unique chance
BROMLEY | Recently retired Ben Speed has been given the opportunity by his club Bromley FC to launch a career in the football world. The former midfielder will be joining his former teammates at the Bromley U18 team, but will now one of the field coaches. With this job, Bromley hopes to pick up Speeds morale after his injury. “What happened to Ben is, of course, terrible and we want to be there for him”, the club president said in a regional newspaper. “Ben was a gifted footballer, whose tactical abilities were astonishing. We believe he will be finding happiness again in football and life.”