HE welcomes stick from opposition fans for his all-pink kit, but Staines Town goalkeeper Jack Turner has finally had enough – because the league won’t let him wear it at home games.
The 20-year-old asked for it to be made as a show of support for his mum Kim, who has bravely been battling breast cancer. He has been raising money too, with rivals fans holding bucket collections after becoming aware of the reasons behind the colourful kit.
But the Conference have refused to allow the former AFC Wimbledon player to wear it at Wheatsheaf Park so he can continue his fund-raising attempts – because pink is “not registered as a home kit” in the league’s handbook.
The Blue Square Bet South side have received an official warning and a fine will be forthcoming if the Swans stopper doesn’t wear sky blue at home games from now on.
Annoyed Kim said: “I am recovering from breast cancer along with other members of my family, namely my mother and cousin and because obviously pink is associated with that, he had this idea.
“Jack has taken quite a lot of stick from visiting fans regarding the colour of his kit, but when they realise the reason he wears it they applaud and support him. Recently supporters of Tonbridge Angels even passed a hat around behind his goal and at Farnborough the same thing happened.
“No club has ever objected to him wearing pink at home matches but the Conference say it is “unprofessional” – despite being told exactly why he wears it.
“They are out of touch and should grow a heart. All my son is trying to do is support me, the charity and raise awareness.”
Conference general manager Dennis Strudwick said: “Of course we are sympathetic to the situation but the simple fact is that we’re a professional league and if we bent the rules once, we’d have to do it again.”