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Clarke's wife: 'Don't dare leave me a widow'

Clarke and his wife Gemma Credit: PA Images

The wife of former Burnley skipper Clarke Carlisle has told how she pleaded with her husband not to die following a suicide bid.

In an interview with the The Sun Gemma said: 'Nothing could prepare me for what I saw. There was so much blood. It was everywhere. His face was twice the size. His eyes were bulging out and they were filled with blood.'

It comes a day after Clarke revealed he intentionally leapt out in front of a lorry days before Christmas as he battled depression.

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Clarke Carlisle: "I leapt in front of lorry hoping to die"

Clarke Carlisle details his suicide attempt in North Yorkshire Credit: PA

Former Leeds United player Clarke Carlisle has revealed he tried to take his own life by jumping in front of a lorry in North Yorkshire before Christmas.

The former England star told The Sun he thought he was better off dead after losing his TV pundit job and battling depression for 18 months.

He said the final straw came in December 20 when he was charged with drink driving.

Clarke Carlisle talks of his treatment in Leeds Royal Infirmary Credit: PA

Before he leapt in front of a lorry on the A64, Clarke told the newspaper he thought about trying to drown himself and even laid down on a railway line but moved out of the way before a train came.

Describing what happened next, he said: "I saw the big truck. I stepped over the barrier. I took two steps into the road and then jumped into the truck, like a full shoulder charge. I can remember the impact. Bang. Then lights out.

"I opened my eyes and I could see my hands in front of me and there's blood dripping down them. I thought, 'You're kidding me?'"

Clarke was airlifted to hospital after escaping with just a few cuts and bruises, a broken rib and a shattered knee.

The footballer has since sought treatment for his depression and has spoken out to encourage others to get help.

He added: "My road to recovery will be eternal but today I am excited and confident because I've finally been diagnosed."

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, you can call Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 or visit the website

Clarke Carlisle's wife urges sufferers to 'speak out'

Clarke Carlisle's wife has appealed to anyone suffering from depression to 'reach out' - she has also retweeted a series of other people's tweets about the illness. Her husband has spoken out for the first time about his struggle.

Newcastle striker Campbell joins Hartlepool on loan

Newcastle United striker Adam Campbell has joined Hartlepool United on loan Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United striker Adam Campbell has joined fellow North East side Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal.

The 19-year-old, a product of the renowned Wallsend Boys Club, made his competitive debut for the Magpies against Greek side Atromitos in the Europa League in 2012. He has since had several other loan spells at Carlisle United, St Mirren and Fleetwood Town.

Campbell has been handed the number 29 shirt and could make his Pools debut against York City on Saturday.


Murray wants to make Hartlepool 'a fortress'

Hartlepool United boss Paul Murray believes his side's home form could be key to lifting the club out of the relegation zone.

Pools are bottom of the table in League Two and have only won one league match at Victoria Park this season. But Murray says he wants to make the stadium 'a fortress' for the home side.

Hartlepool host local rivals York City on Saturday.

York City out of the FA Cup

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AFC Wimbledon 3-1 York:

York City have been knocked out of the FA Cup by AFC Wimbledon in a first round replay.

AFC Wimbledon came from behind to book a place in the second round thanks to two late goals from striker Matt Tubbs.

York took a fifth-minute lead after a 30-yard volley from Wes Fletcher and held until Jack Smith found the equaliser for the Dons at 71 minutes.

Wimbledon, who had drawn 1-1 at York in the original tie, will travel to Wycombe Wanderers in round two of the FA Cup.

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