When I first started out blogging online one set of fans that really got behind me where those from Oxford United and with that in mind I planned to head up to Adams Park to see them take on Wycombe Wanderers this weekend.
Unfortunately I was nursing the usual result of a slightly over-indulgent Friday night’s excursions and couldn’t quite muster the energy. Considering what one of Oxford United’s players actually went through to play for his team it has made me feel slightly sheepish and cowardly in my approach.
Adam Chapman played in the fixture with what has been described as a completely burnt nipple. While making a bottle for his baby he managed to spill a large portion of boiling milk over his chest and suffer hospital worthy damage to his delicate area.
The sensitivity of that area is plain by the complex and common schoolyard bullying technique the ‘nipple-cripple’ and, I hope I am not alone on this one, when you first put on some of the older football shirts and the club badge would rub on your nipple causing a rather sensational burning feeling. I fear I have shared too much.
Nonetheless it has left many people aghast at the peculiarity of such an ailment and praise for coming out to play in the 3-1 victory; gaffer Chris Wilder commented:
"He's burnt all his nipple. It's an unusual injury, but he's managed to play the game. We talk about injuries and what I have to go through in this job."
While on Twitter there has also been a sizeable reaction…
'Oxford United midfielder Adam Chapman played through the pain barrier on Saturday after burning his nipple with hot milk on Friday' #kinky— Scott Johnson (@roathboy) October 29, 2012
It is an odd injury, something I know a lot about on a personal level but it got me wondering, what is the strangest football injury?
Alan Tate and his golf-buggy drama? Richard Wright falling out of his Nan’s attic? or Santiago Canizares severing his tendon with posh cologne?
Which is the strangest injury you can think of, personal or professional?