York City Stalwart announces benefit year plans

Former York City FC defender Daniel Parslow, who was awarded a benefit year by the club at the end of last season, has announced plans for a series of fundraising events over the next 12 months. Parslow, who sits at number ten in the hall of fame of City’s all-time appearance makers, suffered a severe head injury representing the club in February. This has effectively ended his playing career.

It was this head injury and its aftermath that have inspired Parslow to donate some of the money raised over the next 12 months to the charity Headway – the Brain Injury Association, who as well as supporting people who have experienced a head injury, also campaign for the prevention of serious complications following a sporting concussion.

Luke Griggs, Deputy Chief Executive of Headway, said: “Concussion in football is a major issue, and one that has to be taken seriously. Daniel can testify to the fact that even a seemingly minor head injury can have a major impact, and it's vital therefore that clubs at all levels take an 'if in doubt, sit it out!' approach to concussion.

"We will continue to do all we can to support Daniel with his ongoing recovery, and again offer our sincere thanks to him, and all City’s supporters, for supporting us.

“We are really looking forward to working with Dan over the next year to help raise awareness and vital funds that can go towards supporting people who are coming to terms with the effects of a brain injury.”

Parslow himself feels that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the dangers of concussion, and will be using his benefit year to spread the message:-

“I was shocked to realise that an injury that I thought might keep me on the side lines for a couple of weeks is still affecting me several months later.” Said Parslow. “The brain is an incredibly complex piece of engineering, and a serious blow can really cause havoc – I’m still experiencing fatigue and headaches today and it has had an impact on every aspect of my life, not just my career as a professional footballer.”

“I plan to spend my benefit year taking every opportunity to talk to people about my own experiences, and the work of Headway in campaigning to make sure anyone who engages in competitive sport is aware of the potential danger that a concussion can pose.”

Parslow’s benefit year will kick off - quite literally – on Wednesday 9th October at Bootham Crescent with a match which will re-unite many of the Welshman’s colleagues who have played with him at York City since 2006. Supporters hoping to catch another glimpse of some former club favourites playing once again at Bootham Crescent will not be disappointed, with many members of the squad which won at Wembley twice in one amazing week in 2012 having already pledged to appear. Also featuring will be other players who played alongside Parslow in various memorable FA Trophy and play-off games since 2006, including the incredible two-legged play-off semi final triumph against Luton Town in 2010.

Also planned for the year are a celebration dinner at York Racecourse and a Golf day, with various other events still to be arranged. Parslow’s fundraising committee will announce details of all of these events in the coming months. Meanwhile, York City Football Club have pledged to donate a proportion of the profits from this Saturday’s home friendly game against Notts County to Headway as a gesture of support for three-time Clubman-of-the-Year Parslow and his awareness-raising campaign.