Friday, 27 February 2009

Cabaret Night

Sorry for the delay in this post, but work got in the way of things!

Tickets are still on sale for the charity night on Fri 3rd April at Blackley Royal British Legion.

It's going to be an amazing night for a worthy cause, so get your gladrags on, have a great night out and help the appeal... with tickets only £5 this is the bargain of the year!

Compare for the evening is James H Reeve.
DJ - Dave
Comedian - Mike Lancaster
NW Entertainer of the Year - Dom Collins
Entertainment from the Microdots
Ex City player Tommy Booth
Auction and raffle
More acts to be confirmed

Donations received so far for Raffle/Auction
* Ricky Hatton - 2 places in Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton's box at COMS for a game before the end of the season BIDS BEING TAKEN
* Signed Micah Richards framed photo BIDS BEING TAKEN
* 2 Tickets for Oasis Concert at Heaton Park (Saturday night)
* Ricky Hatton - Signed pair of gloves BIDS BEING TAKEN
* Thomas Cook - 2 x places at a Player of the Month Award
* Thomas Cook - 2 x places in the Thomas Cook box at COMS before the end of the season
* Thomas Cook - a signed City shirt from either the team or a player of your choice
* Belle Vue Dogs - VIP Tickets & meal
* The FA - 2 x tickets for a future England game at Wembley
* The FA - Signed pennant from Fabio Capello, England Manager
* El Rincon Tapas Bar - Meal for 2
* Village Hotel, Bury - meal for 4
* Sapporito Italian Restaurant, Prestwich - £30 meal voucher

Loads more prizes still coming through so come back for regular updates ..... and get your tickets quick before it's too late and they've all gone!

For tickets phone Ian on 07852 826150 or Phil on 07956 459131

We are rooting for you Carl

Next Wed (4th March) Carl will have an operation to replace the piece of his skull that was originally removed to relieve the pressure on his brain.

I am sure you will all want to wish Carl the very best so pop over to Facebook an leave your messages. (See the Facebook link in a post below)

If everything goes to plan and the operation is a success it COULD be possible that Carl could be back home by the end of March.


Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Heywood Race Night & Auction

A big thanks to everyone who attended to the Race Night & Auction in Heywood on Fri night - a grand total of £1,255 was raised on behalf of Carl's Appeal.
There will hopefully be some pictures of the event in this weeks' copy of the Heywood Advertiser.

Monday, 23 February 2009

A Great Idea - Update

Well done to all over at for their efforts this weekend. (see post below)

The total raised was £320.72 with possibly a few more cheques to follow. ~Great effort everyone and thanks.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Well Done Boys!

Well done everyone who turned up to play or support the teams at todays' match which ended 2-2. Match report to follow but in the meantime thanks to 'shadygiz' from the Blue Moon forum for the pics. There are plenty more pictures on the Facebook page, so head on over there and see if you are on any!

Nice to see a proper warm-up before a game!!

Once again, thanks to all who participated, whether playing or supporting.

Friday, 20 February 2009

A Great Idea

A big THANKS to Lee over at who has set the forum readers a challenge.
He is asking for everyone who reads the forum over the weekend to donate just £2 to the he says, do we really miss £2?
Do we need to tip £2 to the taxi driver who takes us back from the pub? Do we need to spend £2 on that pie at half-time? Do we really need to waste £2 on the sunday papers just to read the football results, check the results on the internet instead and give that £2 to Carl's Appeal.

Lee has also set up a Paypal account for people to make donations. If you are making donations through the Paypal account, please ensure your donation is a 'gift' rather than a 'payment' otherwise Paypal will keep some of it.

You need to set up a Paypal account to make a donation this way, and it's not difficult but if you don't want to set up a Paypal account but still want to make a donation, you can always send a cheque instead.

Cheques to be made payable to P&WMCFCCSA and send to Ian Ramsbottom, 12 Plant Hill Road, Blackley, Manchester M9 6NH

If you want your cheque to count towards the challenge, visit, PM Lee and he will send you his address.

Lee, you are a star! Thanks for the support.

Cabaret Night

Don't forget to get your tickets for the Cabaret Night, April 3rd, Blackley Royal British Legion, Victoria Avenue, Blackley.

Full details to follow shortly.

Tickets are available through Ian: 07852 826150 or Phil: 07956 459131

Blue Moon -v- Blue Watch

It's finally here! Tomorrow sees the head-to-head crunch match between both forums. Good Luck to both teams, may the best team win but most of all enjoy yourselves and remember whether you are going to play or going to support the teams, we are all there to support Carl so dig deep into your pockets and DONATE!

Please send me any photos from the event for the blog, especially team pics (with real/forum names if possible). I will also put them on the Facebook page.

Pics can be sent to with the title Carl Ramsbottom Appeal Photos.


New Donations

Portadown Blues' fans have donated £200 to the fund. A big thanks to you all.

If anyone can give details of the other donations that need to be added to the Roll of Honour, please leave a comment and I will update.

Comments can be left by clicking the word 'comment' below each post and following the instructions.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Facebook page now set up

The Facebook group has now been set up so if you want to go and visit and leave your messages for Carl. Just search for Carl Ramsbottom Appeal.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Fund-Raising events this week

Check the list on the right for fund-raising events this week. It would be great to see you at the Race Night in Heywood on Fri or the head-to-head match with Blue Moon Forum against Blue Watch forum at Platt Lane on Sat.


We will shortly be setting up a Facebook page for anyone wanting to leave messages of support for Carl. The link will be put on this blog once it has been set up so don't forget to join and send the link to your mates, fan groups, other City blogs/forums.

Recent Picture

Carl's twin Brother Andrew goes over to Germany on a regular basis to visit Carl. This is a recent picture Andrew took of Carl in the Dusseldorf hospital with Mark Crump.
You can click on the photo to see a larger version.

Carl Ramsbottom Appeal

City fan Carl is making slow improvement after having spent more than three weeks in a coma after a freak accident following City’s UEFA Cup tie against Schalke last November.
After the Blues’ 2-0 win at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Carl, 44, had been travelling back to his hotel when he got caught in a crush at Düsseldorf railway station, losing his footing he fell down a stairwell and as a result suffered severe head injuries.
Doctors put him in an induced coma to help his recovery, and Carl opened his eyes for the first time shortly before Christmas. His twin brother Andrew has spent a great deal of time in Germany and the travel and medical expenses have been growing steadily.

Carl’s cousin, Ian Ramsbottom, has been desperately trying to highlight Carl’s story in order to raise much needed funds.
He said: “Carl has been transferred to Uniklinic, a rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Düsseldorf. He’s been having speech therapy and physiotherapy and though he is still in a wheelchair, he is getting stronger all the time. He still returns to the University Hospital for CAT scans once a week where doctors continue to assess his progress.
“The surgeon had to remove apiece of Carl’s skull to relieve pressure on the brain and he still has the piece of his skull missing, but once they are satisfied with his rate of recovery, they will replace the missing piece and then continue to monitor him for three to four weeks.
“If they are happy with everything after that, he should be allowed to travel home around 10 days after. As things stand, we are hoping Carl will be coming home sometime in mid-March”

Carl will still need medical assistance on his return and there will be medical and travel expenses still to fund. A collection was organised on the concourse inside the City of Manchester Stadium prior to the Middlesbrough game and Ian has stressed money still needs to be raised to help Carl return home.
“The City fans have been unbelievable and the club are doing what they can to help” he said. “Mark Hughes and the players have sent a DVD of get well messages and we’ve had loads of cards from supporters and it’s helping him tremendously.
“We can’t thank enough the various branches of City supporters who have raised funds for Carl. The response has been fantastic and Marcus Rehse, a Schalke supporter, has managed to raise some money in Germany, while the president of Schalke recently donated €1,000.
Ian added: “We still need to raise as much as we can, so if anyone wants to help, they can call me on 07852 826150 or via the Blue Moon website”