The £300+ game of football

Or soccer as our American friends might call it. Either way, I’ve recently started playing 6-a-side again after a 6 year lay off. Last Autumn work started up an after hours session once a week after a long sabbatical. I’ve only managed to play 3 times due to various issues.

In those 3 games I’ve:

  • been hit on the back on the head by a ball when I wasn’t looking;
  • taking a ball to the balls during the warm up;
  • been hit in the crotch so hard by the ball that I’ve had the panel stitching from the football visible on my thighs for over a week.
Last night however took the biscuit, crumbled it into dust and liberally sprinkled it all over the floor. While I was having a brief spell in goal, I took a ball in the face from about 10 feet away. (Un)fortunately my glasses took the brunt of the attack, the arm was bent and broken off, both nose pieces flattened to the lenses (cutting my nose in the process) and the frames bent. 
12 hours later my face is still stinging.
So I’m off to ring the opticians and book an eye test, which, along with the cost of the specs is going to be an expensive lesson in not wearing my specs to play football. Seeing things clearly shouldn’t affect a player of my mediocre talents I suppose! 
  • Just as well your sport of choice isn’t rugby!

    When I attempted a comeback I ended up in hospital, & had to knee surgery!

    Seriously,though, I hope you get your glasses sorted soon, that would be really awkward.

  • Fortunately for me I was barred at a young age from wearing my glasses when playing football, because they were deemed a H&S risk. Which, in 1985, before plastic lenses, or even toughened glass was probably fair enough – especially given the thickness of my lenses!

    The NHS fixed my knee when I tore cartilage in it, so my most expensive footballing injury is getting an elbow in the mouth, which killed one of my top front teeth. It turned black after a couple of days, and I had to get the insides taken out and a filling-like coating put on the front to make it which again, rather than translucent.

    The 30-40 quid it’s cost me to get that replaced (twice in 15 years) pales in comparison to a new pair of specs though!

  • *ouch* I played second row at school for the 2nd team until the 2nd year. Then then punching & gouging in the scrum got a little bit too much :)

  • Ouch. I had to give up football because there was too much twisting and turning for my knees to handle.
    Just about to make my comeback to playing Rugby though after my latest knee operation. Rugby’s tougher in almost every way, but kinder on the knees when you’re a plodding forward.
    40 isn’t too old is it?

  • Sounds like you’re natural. Or perhaps it’s time to admit that you’re just too old now for all that malarkey ;)

    • I did stop the ball going in the back of the net. Unfortunately I did it with my face :/