Bath City's Adie Britton talks about his pneumonia scare
Director of football Adie Britton has revealed how his search for new players to strengthen the Bath City squad contributed to his recent health scare.
Britton was left bed-ridden with pneumonia after picking up a chest infection while scouting around the West Country during the winter.
He was forced to miss three weeks of matches but had recovered enough to attend City's 2-2 draw with Chelmsford City on Saturday, which ended in a heavy hailstorm.
And Britton is also hoping to be able to go along to tonight's home game against Blue Square Bet South leaders Welling United (7.45pm).
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"If the temperature is very cold, I can't really go out at the moment," explained Britton, who was manager until moving upstairs in October.
"I'm hoping to be there on Tuesday because Welling are top of the league and those are the games you look forward to seeing.
"I've had a very rough month. Since Christmas, I've been out watching a huge number of games and players around the West Country.
"I've been out on a lot of cold nights, probably a few too many, and picked up a bad chest infection. On top of that, I had a touch of norovirus and that all culminated in pneumonia.
"I'm gradually getting better but I've just got to be a bit careful about what I do. It was mild in the first half on Saturday but when the hailstones came coming down I was beginning to look for cover!"
Britton wasn't the only City employee to return from illness on Saturday, with Joe Burnell making a surprise appearance in the starting XI less than a month after having his appendix removed.
"For Joe to come back from appendicitis as quickly as he has is amazing," said Britton.
"We thought at the beginning of the week that it would be at least another fortnight before he could actually play but he came to training on Tuesday and did a bit of work, then trained very well on Thursday and said he wanted to play.
"If Joe wants to play, then you play him because he is one of the few real leaders we have in the side. He did very well for an hour.
"I thought it was an excellent point against Chelmsford. Anyone who was a neutral would have really enjoyed that game.
"The nice thing was that the crowd encouraged the side throughout the afternoon and they got their just rewards."