THE world of football has come out in support of a young Fylde coast man as he fights for his life in hospital.
Joe Parks, from Thornton, the son of Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeping coach Tony Parks, is in a critical condition at Royal Preston Hospital after sustaining serious head injuries in an horrific car crash on the M6 last Monday.
Police said the 26-year-old was heading northbound on his way home from work at around 7.10pm when his silver BMW came off the carriageway just before the exit slip road at Junction 29 Clayton Brook.
His car rolled several times down an embankment before hitting trees and coming to a stop.
This weekend, Tottenham stars paid tribute to the former Montgomery High School pupil during the team’s Premier League game against Newcastle at White Hart Lane.
In the pre-match warm-up players – including star winger Gareth Bale – and manager Andre Villas-Boas wore T-shirts with the words “Get Well Soon Joe” written across the front and “Praying For You” on the back.
Villas-Boas later dedicated Spurs’ 2-1 win to Joe and Tony.
He said: “Tony is going through a very difficult moment in his personal life.
“Hopefully this will bring a smile to his face. It’s a win we dedicate to Parksy.”
The club had already sent a public message of support to the 50-year-old coach – who was on the books of Blackpool FC in 1996/97, although he did not make an appearance for the first team – through social networking website Twitter.
A spokesman said: “The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Tony Parks and his family after his son Joe was involved in a car accident.”
On BBC’s Match of the Day, England and Spurs legend Gary Lineker also sent his best wishes to the family.
He said: “All of us at Match of the Day would like to wish Joe Parks, son of Tony Parks – the goalkeeper coach at Tottenham – a full recovery after (being involved in) a serious car crash.”
Joe’s family have been sending messages of support out on social network Facebook.
Jenni Parks wrote on Friday: “Joe is fighting for us, still in the coma but stable, hoping for some positive news today. Thanks everyone for your messages and support we keep telling Joe how many people are thinking of him.”
It is understood Joe underwent surgery on Saturday to reduce swelling around his head.
Lancashire Police confirmed the former Lancaster University student remains in a critical but stable condition at the hospital where his family are at his bedside.
The motorway was closed for four hours after the crash to allow an investigation to take place.
Officers behind the inquiry want any witnesses to the incident to get in touch.
Sgt Finn Quainton, from the force road policing unit, said: “I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this crash or saw the car being driven prior to the collision to come forward and call Lancashire Police on 101.