17-year-old goalkeeper donates £1000 to save his financially stricken club

Monty George has donated the money to Bashley FC of the Southern League Premier Division

Monty George is a budding entrepreneur as well as a footballer and what is even more astonishing is that Bashley aren't even his club. He is only on loan there as a back-up 'keeper with his parent club Salisbury City currently enjoying life in the Conference.

The 17-year-old stunned staff and supporters of the club by stumping up the money from his profits from his online business. The goalkeeper who was released by Yeovil in September has been in charge of his own business since he was 14. He started buying and selling imported electronic goods and pest control products from China at that age while also selling at a profit items bought from £1 retailers on the high street.

The wonderful gesture from such a young man who is only there on a temporary loan is wonderful and he told The Bournemouth Echo is reasons behind the donation.

"Bashley have made me feel very welcome and having got to know all the guys I just wanted to help out. Football has given me a lot and I was in a position to help out so I did. It would be a shame to see the club go under."

I think many of us feel we would do the same if we were in the position to do so, but regardless of his business £1000 at the age of 17 is a lot of money. With a professional career in football far from guaranteed for George it makes the gesture even more remarkable.

“I saw they needed the money and realised I could contribute. To me, I'm not doing anything with the money at the moment and I like the club so I am happy to be able to help.”

Bashley's joint-manager Paul Gazzard said: “I don't know how many years I have spent in football but I have never known anything like it."

“The lad isn't even getting paid, he turns up and plays when we need him to and doesn't grumble if Nic Jones is available and plays ahead of him."

“I'm just taken back by it all. It was a tremendous, selfless act.”

Monty George plans to be in a position to retire by 21 and hopes to soon be able to buy houses to rent out to students while continuing to progress with his football career. He clearly seems to be an ambitious man with the right ideas.

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