RICKY Dawson pleaded for his life as three men allegedly viciously assaulted him with a brick and a star picket - and then left him bleeding on the ground.
The 53-year-old security guard was watching the Caloundra Panthers AFL clubhouse about 4.30am Sunday, just hours after it had been broken into.
Mr Dawson said the trio approached him.
He said after a brief conversation, one of the men allegedly lashed out, punching him in the head.
The father of two did his best to defend himself but there were too many of them.
One of the group then picked up a brick and another a star picket, allegedly using them as weapons.
Mr Dawson was in hospital yesterday with broken and dislodged bones in his face as well as cuts to his face, knees and arms.
With him were his sons, 13-year-old Kyle and Liam, 16, and his girlfriend Julie.
AS MR Dawson, from Deagon in north Brisbane, recovered in Nambour General Hospital, Julie, Kyle and Liam asked him not to return to work, fearing for his safety.
Mr Dawson told The Daily yesterday he was lucky to be alive.
"I saw a group of three of them, and one of them walked up to me and started telling me that he was lost," he said.
"He kept taking steps up towards me and I kept taking steps back.
"Then out of nowhere he hit me in the face with his fist.
"I hit him back but his mates came over then.
"They had the star picket and just started hitting me."
Lying on the ground, Mr Dawson begged the assailants to stop.
"I said 'I have two young boys, please don't hurt me', but they just kept going," he said.
"You'd hope it would change their way of thinking but obviously it didn't deter them."
Mr Dawson, who works part-time with Imperial Protection Services, had been called out to the AFL club on North St after it was broken into about 10pm Saturday.
He was keeping watch until broken glass windows could be repaired on Sunday when the attack happened.
On Sunday, he had an operation on his left knee for damage to tendons and has cuts on his arms but must wait for the swelling on his face to go down before he can have any more surgery.
Mr Dawson should be released from hospital today.
Despite the ferocity of the attack, the security veteran of more than 10 years said he did not think he would die in the assault.
"If you thought like that all the time you wouldn't go to work," he said.
"I basically went into defence mode ... I didn't think about anything else.
"Security guards are trained enough to look after themselves, but you don't count on three guys to come on you when you're on your own."
Three men appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts each of enter premises and commit an indictable offence and one count each of grievous bodily harm.
They were remanded in custody for a hearing on September 19.
Police are now looking for another man who may have been at the football club and who had head injuries.
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