It’s been a time of change in the medical department at Linfield FC in recent weeks.
Due to changing personal circumstances, Tim Atkinson has had to step down from his role of club doctor and he leaves with the best wishes and sincere appreciation and understanding of everyone at the club.
Tim was a hugely popular member of David Healy’s backroom staff over the past 3 years and understandably, his wise counsel and expertise was particularly in need and demand over the past few challenging months, since the corona virus pandemic called a premature halt to the domestic campaign in March this year.
Tim was thoroughly professional and caring in all his work at the club and he will be greatly missed by the players and staff with whom he forged close friendships during what he described as a happy and hugely enjoyable time at the club.
Linfield FC has been very fortunate in securing the services of a new club doctor and while it’s very sad to say farewell to Tim, we also extend a very warm welcome to Windsor Park to our new doctor - Patrick Noble.
He takes over at a challenging time, not just because of the phased resumption of football after the corona virus lockdown but also because of the huge volume of medical work that will be required to be undertaken to meet the requirements for participation in UEFA Champions League football.
Patrick had his first experience of being doctor at a Windsor Park match night on Monday when Linfield hosted Bohemians in a behind closed doors training game and he takes up his new and demanding role with the best wishes and full support of everyone at Linfield FC.
Below - the departing doctor Tim Atkinson, pictured with David Healy and Ross Oliver at the Irn bru Challenge Cup game away to Dundee United several seasons ago.
Below - new club doctor Patrick Noble with sports therapist Terry Hayes and physio Paul Butler in suitable working attire at Windsor Park on Monday evening.