Goalkeeper comes to rescue after man collapses at Lynn football match

Stocksbridge keeper Ben Scott was sent off for a challenge on Lynn's Sam Mulready shortly before he helped the collapsed man. Picture: Ian Burt Stocksbridge keeper Ben Scott was sent off for a challenge on Lynn's Sam Mulready shortly before he helped the collapsed man. Picture: Ian Burt

Sunday, August 25, 2013
1:36 PM

The goalkeeper of King’s Lynn Town’s opponents has been hailed a hero after he stepped in to try to help a fan who had suffered a suspected heart attack – moments after being sent off.

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Supporters at The Walks watched in horror as the Linnets fan, a man in his 70s, collapsed after what is believed to have been a cardiac arrest towards the end of Saturday’s match against Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Stocksbridge keeper Ben Scott, a staff nurse who had moments earlier been sent off in the game for a dangerous tackle, rushed into the stands along with St John Ambulance workers to treat the man until an ambulance arrived.

The man was then treated by paramedics and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. At this time his condition is not known.

Today, Linnets chairman Keith “Buster” Chapman praised the St John Ambulance and Mr Scott for their quick actions.

Mr Chapman said: “Everyone did their piece. The St John Ambulance were fantastic. When he went down they were straight on the case. Fortunately the club’s got its own defribrilators and everything.

“He was very lucky to be in the stadium when it happened where there was medical cover available.

“We would like to wish him well. We haven’t heard how he is but when he was taken away he was chatting again and had regained consciousness.

“Hopefully he’ll get well soon and won’t miss too many games.”

Fans have taken to Twitter to praise the actions of Mr Scott. Stocksbridge Park Steels FC tweeted: “Lots of support and thanks for [Ben Scott] who shows the real meaning of football. When sent off he goes and assists a Kings Lynn fan who collapsed and had to be revived.”

Lynn fan Tim Smith tweeted: “Respect to Stocksbridge keeper [Ben Scott] sent off then going to help a Lynn fan who had collapsed.”

While fellow Linnets supporter Sarah Smith added: “Thanks for helping the man that collapsed. You were wrongfully sent off though!”

The incident occurred towards the end of a thrilling match in which Lynn came from two goals down to lead before a last minute equaliser saw the game end 3-3.

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