Goalkeeper with broken neck told team-mates: ‘I want to play on’

BROKEN NECK ... Newcastle United women's goalkeeper Laura Wareham.
BROKEN NECK ... Newcastle United women's goalkeeper Laura Wareham.
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A BRAVE ladies’ goalie and Black Cats fan has described the horrific moment when she broke her neck in a bruising challenge.

Laura Wareham, 18, suffered a cracked vertebra as she kept goal for Newcastle United Women’s FC, in a relegation scrap with Leicester City.

The courageous keeper – who actually supports Sunderland when it comes to men’s football – blacked out due to the force of the impact, but was adamant she wanted to play on, telling fellow players she didn’t want an ambulance.

But after blacking out a second time, she was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital, where it was discovered she had broken a bone in her neck, after the challenge from a Leicester City striker.

Laura is now recovering at her aunt’s home in Ryhope.

She said: “The Leicester City player had beaten the defenders and I slid towards her to try and sweep the ball up.

“I felt this tremendous pain on the top of my head, where the footprint of the boot had gone, and my head started to pound.

“I blacked out and when I woke up, I started choking on my tongue, and saliva was coming out my mouth.

“I kept telling our players that I didn’t want an ambulance and was shouting ‘get me up now – I want to play on’.

“Then I tried to stand up and they put me in the recovery position, but I just passed out again.”

The talented keeper was injured when the scores were level at 1-1 during the game at Northumbria University’s Coach Lane campus, in Longbenton, North Tyneside, last Sunday.

Laura spent several nights in hospital recovering.

“I have cracked a bone in my neck and will have to undergo physiotherapy for six to eight weeks,” said Laura, a sports and exercise science student at Gateshead College.

“That’s bad enough, but I’m more annoyed about missing the rest of the season.”

Unfortunately, her side eventually went down 2-1 – minus their talented keeper.

But Laura, who lives with mum, Bev, and who also coaches youngsters, is expected to make a full recovery.

Club chairman Phil Eden said: “Everyone wishes her all the best and we look forward to welcoming her back as soon as we can.”