Samuel James Bowles decided to hop over a fence to retrieve the football when his finger became lodged beneath wire mesh and eventually cut off.
He told TheLadbible: “I landed on the floor and realised something was up because my face was warm from blood.
“My finger was squirting blood everywhere and it was when I tried to stop the bleeding that I realised I had no finger to grab. One of the lads on the pitch realised my finger had fallen onto the pitch.
“He picked it up and luckily he was a doctor so shoved it in ice and ran round to me.”
The football-player was rushed to University Hospital Coventry where he was told that his remaining finger stump was so shredded they wouldn’t be able to sew on the missing half.
Instead surgeons cut the finger down to the knuckle – while Samuel was awake – so that he had a neat stump.
When his wife Sarah, with whom he has a 10-month old baby, heard about the incident she hurried to his bedside.
Speaking about his wife’s reaction, Samuel added: “She was cool about it. When she got to the hospital it was worse than she thought it was so even if she was annoyed for whatever reason, she couldn’t help but feel sorry for me.”
Despite the excruciating accident, Samuel appears to have coped quite well and even had a laugh in hospital.
He took a series of photographs of staff and visitors showing their hands with one finger hidden and has now asked people to refer to him as four fingered Bowles.
Friend Philipp Schulze recently started a GoFundMe page which he titled ‘Give a lad a hand’.
He describes the accident at Goals in Coventry as an event that nothing could ever prepare him for.