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Robbie Simpson thanks fan for Tweeting picture of him every day during his recovery from injury

Striker nets with first touch on his return to end 241-day marathon

25 January 2018

Exeter City striker Robbie Simpson gave a pair of his boots to a fan who supported him through his rehabilitation from a nasty injury by Tweeting a picture of him every day.

Jack, under the Twitter username ExeterCityFanBase and handle @ExeterCity1904, posted a picture of Robbie every day from May 14, 2017 to January 9, 2018.

His original Tweet – when Robbie was a couple of months into his rehabilitation from a leg break suffered in City’s 2-2 draw with Blackpool on February 26 – said:



And Jack was true to his word and posted for the next 241 days, annoying a couple of his followers along the way.



And, in his first game back from injury, in a reserve match at Brentford, Robbie Simpson scored with his first touch.

“Tis (Paul Tisdale) said afterwards that I ‘should have carried on running and got changed straight away’,” laughed Robbie. “But it was nice to score.”

And that meant the Jack’s Twitter marathon was also over with him posting, on January 9.



Robbie, who admits his has been overwhelmed with the support he has received from fans, then gave Jack a pair of his boots at the club’s recent match with Coventry City to say thank you.

“I think it annoyed quite a few people – waking up to a Tweet from him every day and seeing a picture of me,” said Robbie. “It is a bit weird, I guess, but fair play to him. I really appreciated that support so I thought I’d give him a pair of boots.”

Robbie continued his rehabilitation on Monday when he played 60 minutes of the club’s 1-1 draw in the under-23 Premier League Cup match against Hull City.

“It was the first time that I have been back on the pitch at St James Park since I broke my leg,” he said. “It was also my first night game for about a year. So they were all ticks in the boxes at the moment. Hopefully, I can keep progressing and be back into first team action soon.”

“There have been plenty of really good wishes from fans, I can’t thank them enough,” he added. “When I came off (in the Hull City match) I got a nice round of applause. I really appreciate that and the support I have had over the past year.”

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