Marines hero backs Greens to turn their fortunes around
DOUBLE amputee former Royal Marines commando Ben McBean is convinced Argyle will soon turn around their fortunes.
Plymouth-based McBean, who suffered his horrific injuries when he stepped on a Taliban landmine in southern Afghanistan in 2008, is now a motivational speaker.
He was invited to Argyle's game against Chesterfield by manager Carl Fletcher and spoke to the players before the kick-off.
The Pilgrims were beaten 1-0, despite outplaying Chesterfield for long periods, leaving them in 20th position in League Two.
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McBean, who watched from the directors' box at Home Park, is optimistic about the future for Argyle, however.
"Good team and good manager, good things will come," he said on social networking site Twitter on Saturday night.
McBean has twice run the London Marathon and trekked to the Mount Everest base camp despite losing the lower part of his right leg in his life-changing accident.
He talked to the Argyle squad about his experiences as a soldier and his lengthy rehabilitation from his injuries.
What he had to say stuck in the minds of all the players, including top scorer Paris Cowan-Hall.
"Humbled and touched by the story told by Ben McBean in the changing room," said Cowan-Hall in a tweet on Saturday night.
Fletcher was grateful to McBean for making the time to meet the Pilgrims players.
"He spoke to them 10 minutes before the game and told them things could be a lot worse," said the Argyle manager.
"He had pictures from Afghanistan when he lost his leg and it was pretty gruesome to be honest.
"But it kind of brings home that whatever you do, or whatever happens, there is always someone worse off than you.
"He spoke about how his mates helped him out in Afghanistan.
"He's doing marathons and all sorts now.
"It was great of Ben to come in and do that for us."