MOST people like to bring back a souvenir from an away game.
But all mum-of-four Sharon Knight came home with after Pompey’s match on Saturday was a broken arm.
The 41-year-old threw her hand in front of a stray football as it hurtled towards her son in the stands at Peterborough.
Her unwavering mother’s instinct unfortunately left her with broken bones after the force of the ball bent her arm backwards.
Sharon is keen to look on the bright side and is celebrating Pompey’s 3-0 triumph.
Sharon, of Pook Lane in Chichester, said: ‘It was such a freak accident and I can’t believe it happened.
‘It was just before Pompey had scored their third goal.
‘The player shot and it went over and I stuck my hand out to stop it hitting my son in the face.
‘It struck my hand and I just felt everything move back up to my elbow.
‘Pompey then scored straight away so everyone was celebrating behind me.
‘I had to sit down. I thought I was going to faint.’
Sharon was taken to hospital in Peterborough by paramedics where doctors X-rayed her arm and found it was broken.
She is now waiting to hear whether it can heal in a cast or whether she will have to undergo an operation.
Her son Jack, 11, said: ‘I was standing there and I had a bit of a late reaction with this ball flying towards me.
‘My mum put her arm out and her arm just went back.
‘It was pretty obvious it was broken.’
The Knight family are all avid Pompey fans, so for Sharon the silver lining was in the club’s 3-0 win against Peterborough.
She added: ‘Thinking about it afterwards I still couldn’t believe it had happened, but we were really pleased with the result.
‘We are all Pompey fans and we go to away games all over the place.
‘I was very tired by the time I got home at the end of the day. It will certainly be a memorable game.’