Wayne Thorne with wife Mandy (via @BathSport)
A devastating car accident left Larkhall Athletic manager Wayne Thorne in a week-long coma. All it took for him to wake up was his wife uttering those sweet three little words: Honey, we won.
Thorne had just begun his second season in charge of the semi-pro club when, on his way home from his second job as a kitchen fitter, a head-on collision left him with a ruptured artery in his heart, 16 crushed ribs, a punctured lung, a broken sternum, a dislocated and broken hip and pelvis, as well as a fracture below his left knee.
Lucky to be alive, Thorne underwent a series of surgeries that induced a coma. He remained unresponsive for a week, up until his wife and brother let him know the club had won their opening match of the season. Larkham beat Bridport 4-3 after storming back from a 1-3 deficit.
— Amanda Thorne (@AmandaGThorne)
"On the first Saturday Larkhall had a game and me and his brother told him the score and he opened his eyes. I know studies have shown that they can hear you and me and his brother truly believe he heard us. It was brilliant to see, because he absolutely loves his football and is so dedicated to Larkhall Athletic.”
Thorne (fourth from the bottom right) in Larkhall’s team photo. Image via WAATP