If you’re Peter Sweeney, ex-Stoke City or Millwall star, injuries require patience, rest and recovery.
He enjoyed a long and successful career as a midfielder. He played in over 346 games and was part of the Millwall team that reached the FA Cup Final in 2004. They lost to Manchester United. However, Sweeney’s discipline and commitment to the footballing lifestyle, particularly when he fractured his back while playing for the Potters, was about as steady as a high-octane ride on a banana boat.
The Stoke supporters caught the ex-scotland international on a Magaluf Banana Boat. He was supposed to be recuperating from a serious back injury he sustained in pre-season.
“I fractured my back playing in a friendly Stoke did every season against Newcastle Town,”Sweeney stated that he had spoken to The Cosh podcast. “They said ‘right, you have to shut down for three months, can’Nothing can be done.
“I said, ‘I’ve been homesick, I can’t come into training every day and do core exercises’, as that was all I could do. They said ‘come in Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and have the rest of the week off and then come back on Monday.
“I went back to London on the Wednesday and all of my mates were going Magaluf. They were going the following Thursday until the Sunday – it was too perfect!
“Someone said, ‘hang about, why don’t you come, you can come now’. I booked a flight the following Thursday with them and went to Magaluf with a fractured back.”
Considering the fact Stoke did not know he would be heading to the Spanish party island; it was certainly a rogue move from Sweeney. Unfortunately, whatever disguise or cloak of invisibility he tried to adopt while on the lash did not work.
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“We were walking down the strip one day and I have heard ‘Sweeney, Sweeney,’ there was about seven Stoke fans who shouted ‘what are you doing here,’”Sweeney was hilarious.
“I was like ‘err I’ve got some time off I fractured my back’ and then they said ‘we’We just saw you aboard the banana boat!’“