Former Bourne player ‘critical’ after crash

Former Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers defender 'Kris Jones.
Former Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers defender 'Kris Jones.

Leading names from non-League football have been offering their support to ex-Bourne Town defender Kris Jones (33) who is critically ill in hospital after a car crash.

Jones was airlifted to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after his Mercedes collided with a lorry on the A1 in Nottinghamshire at about 4.40pm last Monday.

The Sleaford Town boss, who also played for Deeping Rangers, was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he remains in an “extremely critical” condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Deeping Rangers manager Tuncay Korkmaz said: “Kris is a good friend to myself and a lot of people at our club.

“We won (against Long Buckby) on Saturday but it’s not about football at the moment and I couldn’t focus on the game.

“Kris has got mates here, not just in the dressing room, and we all feel for him and his family.

“Somehow we needed to overcome the emotions and win a game of football which becomes secondary in these circumstances.”

Jones played for Bourne Town during the late 1990s and early 2000s, captaining the side for several seasons.

Club secretary Bob Lambert said: “Everybody was very saddened when we heard about the accident and we wish Kris well in his recovery.

“During his time at Bourne, Kris was a good, solid defender who always had a smile on his face and was a credit to the sport.”

Kris became manager of Sleaford Town in April 2013, taking over from former Holbeach United manager Glen Maddison.

Sleaford’s opening game of the season against AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday was postponed out of respect for Kris and his family.

Club secretary Jamie Shaw said: “The situation isn’t any better with Kris and he is still very critical in hospital.

“It’s been very heartening and comforting to see the support we’ve had from other clubs in the United Counties League who Kris has had connections with.

“But we’ve also had messages from clubs on social media to say how upset they are and how they are hoping for a positive outcome.

“It’s a very difficult time for Kris’s family and friends and it’s been hard to manage and struggle to deal with the emotions of what’s happened.”