Robbie Shaw injured in east Belfast crash: video messages of support for Glentoran youth player
Irish league footballers and Northern Ireland broadcasters have recorded a heartwarming video for a Glentoran youth footballer seriously injured after he was hit by a car last week.
Robbie Shaw (12) from east Belfast is in a coma at the Royal Victoria Hosptial for Sick Children after he suffered broken bones and head injuries last week.
The 12-year-old INST pupil, a goalkeeper for Castle Juniors and Bangor FC Youth Academy, was struck by a car on the Ballygowan Road, as he got off a bus from school on December 2.
Glentoran footballers, BBC broadcaster Stephen Nolan and Sean Hegarty’s comedy character Rodney have all recorded personal get well soon messages for the boy, whose heart rate increased when his family played the 10 minute video, which has been viewed 40,000 times online.
The message #GoTeamShaw is being shared on Twitter and messages of support have been flooding Facebook.
Radio presenter Dylan McKee from Donaghadee, brother of Glens striker Daniel McKee who is on loan to Ards at the moment, put the video together as he wanted Robbie’s family, who are friends of their family, to know people are thinking of them all.
“He is still in a coma,” Dylan said.
“His family have seen the video.
“His parents played it to him and his heart rate went up.
“My brother Daniel, Jody Killops and Victoria Daniel have helped me out with getting people for the video.
“A big thank you to everyone who got involved including Leigh Corbett who helped with the campaign.”
Dylan said he has heard that Robbie will walk again and hopefully be back on the pitch soon.
“He had suspected back injuries but he will walk again which is very good,” Dylan said.
In the video deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Guy Spence said his “thoughts and prayers” were with Robbie and his family.
“Get well soon, mate,” he added.
Internet comedy character wished Robbie well, as did his youth team friends and Glens fans.
“There’s only one Robbie Shaw,” supporters at the Oval chanted for the video.
Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan, coach Tiernan Lynch and players Callum Birney, Aaron Hogg, Jay Magee, Curtis Allen, Connor McMenamin, Steven McCullough, Johnny Addis, Steven Gordon, Kym Nelson, Elliott Morris, Marcus Kane, David Scullion, Fra McCaffrey, Ciaran Caldwell, Barry Holland, Stephen McArolum and Danny McKee all also recorded personal messages for the young player.
Irish League teams including Knockbreda FC also leant their support as did Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton, Glentoran legend Paul Leeman and Northern Ireland and Aberdeen FC player Niall McGinn.
Trevor Reid Bangor FC chairman said everyone at the club wants Robbie to get back to full health and back playing.
“All the boys miss you,” he added.
Q Radio and Cool FM presenters, plus BBC broadcaster Stephen Nolan shared his thoughts too.
“We’re all thinking about you mate,” he said.
“We hope that you get home really, really quickly. Get well soon mate.”
To send your support to Robbie please visit Dylan’s Facebook page.