Football manager escapes death after freak squirrel accident

13:42 05 September 2012

Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill had a life threatening run-in with a squirrel. Photo: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill had a life threatening run-in with a squirrel. Photo: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill has revealed he could have been killed after a freak cycling collision with a squirrel caused him to fly over his handle bars and crack his nut.

The former Wales player was cycling along unawares when the troublesome rodent got stuck in his wheels and sent him head over heels.

He escaped with cuts and bruises but says it could have been a lot worse.

“I got hit by a squirrel,” Knill told BBC Radio Humberside. “I went over the top of my bike and landed on my head, shoulder and neck.

“I saw it run into the road but couldn’t do anything about it and it just hit my wheel and stuck in my wheel and hit my brakes.

“For a minute, I thought I might have been in trouble because I landed on my head. Then, all of a sudden, I thought: ‘I’m not, I’m alive!’

“Fortunately my collar bone is OK but I am pretty bruised.”

Scunthorpe are currently rooted to the bottom of League One having lost their opening six games, but Knill says his narrow escape has put footballing matters in perspective.

“I could be dead and it’s so stupid,” he said.

“I’m not and you have to put things into perspective.

“The situation we’re in at the moment, I don’t cherish, but there are worse situations.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

More from Around the web

Friday, June 19, 2015

They may not be the newest Twitter accounts but they’re among the funniest.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(Picture: Richard Bartz)

Flybe became more Flybee when a stripy insect got stuck in one of its plane’s mechanisms, causing the pilot to turn back a flight from Southampton to Dublin.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(Photo: Jim Gifford)

Love them or hate them, pigeons are a fact of life in London. We’re used to seeing the scruffy sort pecking at fag butts and pooping everywhere - but their fancier cousins are a sight to behold.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
[Photo: Stephen Lody Photography]

A family living in Maryland, USA, moved into their new house to discover snakes slithering around in the walls and ceilings.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
[Photograph from Youtube]

A naked man was rescued from the top of a railway drawbridge by firefighters in Florida this week.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
(Chris Collis / SWNS)

These incredible pictures show an historic ranch bigger than Greater London which is set to become the world’s most expensive estate after being put on the market for $460 MILLION.

Don't Miss...

What is this?

Near You Now

Competitions

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more
£100 worth of pet goodies up for grabs!

Animal lovers rejoice! It’s time to treat your pooch or spoil your kitty with a hamper worth £100 from Feedem.

Read more