A Harrogate Railway footballer smashed a tooth after he was knocked unconscious on a night out with friends.
Simon Parkes from Knaresborough, known to most as Si, was enjoying a Christmas night out with teammates before he was assaulted.
The talented footballer and golfer was left covered in blood and unconscious after the attack in the early hours.
He said: “I hit my head and ended up in the hospital and didn’t really know where I was or what was happening.”
The 24-year-old had to have his head glued, lip stitched, chin stitched and will need dental work on his broken tooth after the incident on Saturday December 21.
Si said: “I woke up and there was a police officer there and there was a lot of blood.”
He had been out with teammates from Harrogate Railway FC and ended up waiting for a taxi outside McDonalds on Cambridge Road, Harrogate.
While waiting Si said there was a bit of argument with another group of revellers before he was punched to the ground.
He said: “I was just waiting for the taxi, there was some shouting then next thing I knew I was on the way to A&E in a police car.
“I didn’t know what was going on, it is the first time I have even been knocked out before, so it was a bit of a shock.
“It is not what you expect when you are going for a few drinks with friends at Christmas time, but some people cause trouble.”
Si was taken to Harrogate Hospital for treatment before being discharged.
He added: “There was nothing I could have done,
“I think I will be a bit more wary when I am going out now.
“My parents were a bit upset to see me all bandaged up, especially right before Christmas.
“Everyone at the club has been really supportive.”
Police are now appealing for witnesses after the incident on Cambridge Road at around 4.45am on Sunday December 21 2014.
Police said that the Knaresborough man suffered head and facial injuries in the ‘unprovoked attack’ in Harrogate.
Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Sarah Danby or Harrogate police.
Alternatively, information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference number 12140219975 when passing information about this incident.