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Rapture turns to rupture for Blues fan

PUBLISHED: 20:34 14 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

WHEN devoted Ipswich fan Brian Tunstill indulged in a little leg pulling at Norwich City's expense little did he expect the joke would be on him.

Every fan knows soccer has its highs and lows.

WHEN devoted Ipswich fan Brian Tunstill indulged in a little leg pulling at Norwich City's expense little did he expect the joke would be on him.

Every fan knows soccer has its highs and lows. But for Brian ecstasy turned to agony when he celebrated Birmingham player Darren Clarke tucking away the penalty which consigned the Canaries to Division One football for another year.

The dedicated Tractor Boy is sporting the legacy of his support for the Brummies on Sunday – a full-length plaster cast on his leg.

Watching the penalty shoot-out on television with his three-year-old grandson, Oliver Frost, the 57-year-old cheered on Birmingham so enthusiastically he ruptured his calf muscle as he junped up from his comfy chair.

As a result Mr Tunstill is now off work for a week and has become the butt of his work mates.

Mr Tunstill, a Town fan for more years than he cares to remember, said: "I had just come home from a caravanning weekend and was watching the penalty-shoot out. We were shouting 'Come on you Blues and jumping in the air when Birmingham scored'.

"When Birmingham scored their fourth penalty to beat Norwich I jumped up with my grandson and felt something go pop in my leg. Now I have a plaster from my toes to my groin. I foolishly thought I was 30 years younger. What else can you do but laugh?

"My wife already thinks I'm football crazy and now that has been confirmed. She thinks I should give up watching or listening to matches or anything to do with football."

He thought the pain would wear off but after spotting one calf muscle larger than the other his wife took him along to the accident and emergency at Colchester General Hospital.

Mr Tunstill, originally from Somersham but now lives in Colchester, couldn't face telling the nurses in the casualty department the real reason behind his injury. Instead claimed that he was playing football with his grandson in the garden.

"They say most accidents are caused in the home. Now my work mates are saying maybe I am as silly as I look," said Mr Tunstill, a regimental quartermaster sergeant for the East of England Regiment at the TA Centre in Bury St Edmunds. "It is all good humour. They always knew I was a football nut."

He is the second person to be sporting a plaster cast in his family recently.

Only days beforehand his granddaughter, Bethany Frost, aged seven, had her plaster taken off from a broken arm only for Mr Tunstill to be wearing one in return.

However, there could be light at the end of the tunnel.

"It's such a big plaster that there's more than enough space on the plaster for the team to sign it," he joked.

Dr Paul Silverston, chair of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, said: "A ruptured calf muscle means a tear of the calf muscle and is going to be uncomfortable for up to six weeks. Once he is out of plaster he will probably need physiotherapy to get the leg going."


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