Injuries are an occupational hazard of football. A slight muscle pull, an awkward landing on the pitch, or a crunching can all be sources of a spell in the sidelines.
However, there are surprisingly are a wide variety of different ways a football player can end up on the treatment table, as Swansea City defender Alan Tate recently proved.
The club vice-captain was involved in a “bizarre golfing accident” according to a club statement, which revealed that he was a passenger in a golf buggy that lost control on Sunday and left him with a fractured tibia of his left leg.
The injury rules him out for up to six months, but thankfully for Tate’s dignity, he’s not the only player to have come a cropper in odd circumstances.
The original safe-hands goalkeeper was allegedly the inspiration for Teflon frying pans and he proved this when attempting to hold a variety of condiments in his kitchen. Unfortunately though he dropped the salad cream and tried to save it from smashing by sticking out his foot to break the jars fall. However, it severed a tendon in his big toe and he missed the start of the 1993/94 season.
The year was 1993 and Arsenal would spend the majority of the season playing Sheffield Wednesday, but Steve Morrow wouldn’t feature in the replayed FA Cup Final, despite scoring the winner in the Other Cup. The unlucky 22 year old was hoisted onto the shoulders of Tony Adams after the match to celebrate his sides victory, but the clumsy oaf dropped him and the match winner broke his collarbone, proving that you should never accept a lift from the former Arsenal captain.
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