John Gillam injured in bizarre accident

Date published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A NIGHTMARE may have triggered the bizarre events that put Oldham RL winger John Gillam in hospital during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Paramedics gave him morphine and rushed him to the Royal Oldham Hospital where he had an operation to repair a compound fracture of the big toe on his left foot.

“My Roughyeds team mates thought it was hilarious,” said 27-year-old Gillam.

“Lots of other people have sent me funny text messages too. I can smile about it now, but it wasn’t funny at the time, I can tell you.”

He went to bed on Saturday night at his Oldham home, expecting to be playing for his home-town team the next day against Gateshead Thunder at Whitebank.

What happened next is unclear.

“It was the middle of the night,” he recalled, “and I was half asleep.

“I remember jumping out of bed suddenly and I have a faint recollection that I might have had a nightmare or a bad dream.

“I can’t remember anything about it, but something caused me to hurtle out of bed and to smash my left foot into a door frame.

“I didn’t feel any pain at first, but then I saw blood all over the carpet and on the door frame.

“I looked down at my leg and my big toe was in a right mess. I could see the bone.”

Surgeons corrected the injury by use of two surgical rods which are designed to keep the bone in place.

Added John: “I’ve to go back in two weeks to be assessed and then back again in two more weeks when the medics will be hoping to pull out the rods.

“With a bit of luck, and if everything goes according to plan, I could be playing again in six weeks.

“I’m gutted. I have had a decent start to the season and I was eagerly looking forward to doing my bit towards the club’s promotion push.”

The Junction, Ripponden Road, plan to run a supporters’ coach to Whitehaven on Friday for Oldham’s third-round Carnegie Challenge Cup tie against Cumbrian amateurs Egremont.

Cost is £14, departing at 4pm for an 8pm kick off.

Seats must be booked by 10pm tonight. Advance payment is required, but if the trip is cancelled refunds will be paid in full.