Sam, 11, spears his toe

BRAVE: Young player Sam Bellamy, who put a fork through his toe as he helped out in the garden. Picture by Ross Parry.
BRAVE: Young player Sam Bellamy, who put a fork through his toe as he helped out in the garden. Picture by Ross Parry.

A JUNIOR footballer is spending some time off the field after he accidentally speared a garden fork through his toe.

But instead of screaming in agony when the prong went through the middle toe on his left foot, Sam Bellamy, 11, calmly told his mum, “It’s gone through my toe”.

BRAVE: Young player Sam Bellamy, who put a fork through his toe as he helped out in the garden. Picture by Ross Parry.

BRAVE: Young player Sam Bellamy, who put a fork through his toe as he helped out in the garden. Picture by Ross Parry.

The Thornhill United player is now recovering at home in Cross Road, Thornhill, after having stitches on the top and bottom of his toe. Sam was at home helping his mum, Haylie, with some gardening when the accident happened last Friday.

He said: “There was such a big pile of rubble and branches that I didn’t see my foot was underneath and as I did a big push down to get to the roots I got my toe instead.”

Luckily the prong did not go through his bone. But he did have to wait, kneeling on the ground, with the pitchfork sticking out of his foot as his mother rang an ambulance.

When paramedics arrived they bandaged up around the fork but had to wait for firefighters to come and remove it.

They had to saw the fork away by hand to make sure they didn’t cause too many vibrations.

Sam was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, where they removed the spike and he was allowed to go home later that day. He said: “Everyone kept telling me how brave I was because I never got upset but everyone was so nice that they made me feel okay.”

Now Sam, who goes to Thornhill Junior and Infant School, has been promised a trip to the local fire station as a reward for his bravery once he has had his bandage removed and is no longer on crutches.