An amateur footballer from Hartlepool was almost paralysed when he broke his neck doing a "Klinsmann" celebration after scoring a last-minute winning goal.
27-year-old Dennis Swales cracked a shot from 20 yards on to the underside of the bar and in to the back of the net to secure a win for his club.
In ecstasy, he dived into a puddle and slid in triumph but immediately knew his celebration had gone drastically wrong, even before team-mates piled on top of him.
It was feared he might never walk again when he went in for surgery following the accident six weeks ago, but the six-hour operation went well enough for Mr Swales to avoid needing to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
He will, however, never play competitively again.