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27th Apr 2015

St Mirren captain spears teammate in training prank

Matt Stanger

What’s the first rule of being a good football captain?

Leadership is obviously crucial, but we would also suggest that ‘resisting the desire to throw a spear at your teammates’ should be pretty high up the list.

Sadly, that’s a requirement beyond St Mirren captain Steven Thompson, who claims he was “mortified” after spiking 20-year-old John McGinn in the leg during a training session.

St Mirren v Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly

Thompson aimed a spiked pole at McGinn as a prank after the youngster tackled him in a practice match, but it pierced his thigh leaving a gaping wound.

“I threw it for a laugh, stupid me trying to be funny, and unfortunately it’s anything but. It’s a total disaster,”
Thompson told the Scottish Sun after McGinn was ruled out of St Mirren’s 4-1 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend.

“The pole went about a centimetre into his leg and he’s obviously got quite a bad injury. The word seems to be he’ll be out for around three weeks.

“I’m just mortified by the whole thing. It was a daft prank. It wasn’t like I threw the pole out of anger or anything like that. That’s not what happened.”

Thompson has apparently promised to give McGinn his win bonus by way of apology.

H/T Reuters