Footballer Jones still ‘very serious’ in hospital

Ex-Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers player 'Kris Jones.
Ex-Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers player 'Kris Jones.

Football managers across the area are praying for ex-Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers player Kris Jones who is still seriously ill in hospital.

Kris (33), manager of United Counties League Pemier Division side Sleaford Town, was critically injured after his car collided with a lorry on the A1 in Nottinghamshire on Monday last week.

Sleaford Town club secretary Jamie Shaw said Kris had shown “minor improvement” in hospital but his condition was still critical.

“Things are better than they were before but it’s by no means a good situation,” Mr Shaw said.

“Kris remains seriously ill but he has shown some minor improvement.

“It looked very doom-and-gloom late on Friday and Saturday, but Kris remains in a very serious condition in hospital”

Support for Kris has come from Spalding United manager Pat Rayment who said: “I was trying to ring him on the afternoon of the crash, so it just brings it into perspective.

“He’s a great lad and I just pray that he pulls through.”

Holbeach United joint-manager John Chand said: “Kris is someone I’ve known within football for a few years and he’s nothing short of being a gentleman, both on and off the pitch.

“My thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with him and his family”

Bourne Town manager Rafa Mazzarella said: “I don’t know Kris that well, being new to to UCL management, but I met him for the first time on the Thursday before the accident.

“I rang him for some advice and went to meet him, so it’s hit me quite hard.

“Everyone feels the same about Kris - he’s a totally great guy and so fingers crossed for him from everyone at the club.”