Alan Devonshire has appealed with Hampton & Richmond Borough fans to chip in and help out Craig Tanner, writes Tim Street.
Former Tooting & Mitcham defender Tanner has been a revelation since joining Hampton from Sutton United in January.
But the promising start to his Beavers career was cut short two weeks ago when he broke his right leg in the 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
After a lengthy spell in hospital, Tanner will be in plaster for up to three months and is unlikely to play again this season.
But, football aside, the bad news for Tanner is that he will be without a regular income for that spell as he won't be able to do his day job as a carpenter either.
And Beavers boss Devonshire has asked supporters to help out with a regular or one-off donation to alleviate any financial hardship while Tanner is unable to work.
Club spokesman Les Rance said: "Professional footballers are obviously well covered financially when they're injured. But not only is Craig a part-time player,he's also a non-contract player,so he's losing out in both respects.
"Therefore, despite the effects of the credit crunch, we are asking supporters to give as generously as possible.
"Hampton fans have been brilliant in the past with this sort of thing, and recently raised £1,000 to help towards the cost of a leg operation for Rob Paris.
"But this is obviously a bit different, and Craig needs all the help we can give."
The club's supporters' trust have organised a bucket collection to boost the appeal at the New Year's Day game with St Albans at Beveree.
But anyone wishing to donate can do so by speaking to Devonshire Hampton game.
The Beavers are at home to Basingstoke on Saturday, then travel to St Albans on Boxing Day before hosting the return match on Years Day.
Their game at Weston-Super-Mare, which was called off last Saturday, will now be played on January 3.