The rescue of 12 young Thai footballers and their coach who have been dangerously trapped in a flooded cave for over two weeks has captured the hearts of people around the world, including the football family.
As events have unfolded, the bravery and courage of these 12 young budding footballers has been truly astonishing. Aged between 11 and 17, the members of the Wild Boars football team were trapped in a cave system after flooding in northern Thailand which left them huddled in darkness on a small ledge.
In the past 24 hours since the successful rescue mission was completed, EFL clubs around the country have come together to offer their kind words of support to the junior football team.
The EFL have put together a series of short videos with messages from managers and players from across the EFL including Derby County manager Frank Lampard and West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore.
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey says: “From everyone at the EFL there’s only one thing to say – welcome home boys. We’re all relieved that you’re back home with your family and friends. We’ve all watched on in great admiration of your bravery and we now hope you can get back on concentrating on the one thing you love and the thing that unites the world, the game of football.”
Derby County’s manager Frank Lampard: “We have a huge respect for everyone involved in the rescue mission to save the Wild Boars football team and their coach from the cave networks in Thailand. Everyone at Derby County wishes a speedy recovery to those involved and our sincere sympathies to the family of Saman Kunan who sacrificed his life to help save the children.”
West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore adds: “Everyone at West Bromwich Albion and the world welcomes you home. And a personal message from me, at any time you are all very welcome to come and visit West Bromwich Albion.”
Carlisle United’s first team had a special World Cup-themed message celebrating the fact that the Wild Boars are going home.