A midwife and a doctor among Workington’s travelling supporters are reported to have saved the life of a Matlock Town fan who collapsed at the Autoworld Arena on Saturday minutes before the clubs kicked off in the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League.
The Reds duo, named on Saturday night by their EVO-STIK NPL Premier Division club as Elaine Heron and former GP Simon Wilson, are being hailed on social media after rushing to the aid of the Gladiators supporter to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and live-saving CPR.
The fan, who collapsed about 20 minutes before the 3pm kick-off with a suspected heart attack, was reported to be in his 50s and from the Nottingham area. He was later taken by ambulance to the Royal Derby Hospital after being attended to by the pair and club medics. An air ambulance landed on the pitch soon after 3pm but was not needed and he was taken away soon afterwards.
The Reds thanked their supporters and wished the unnamed Gladiators fan well on Twitter as rival clubs including Marine and Skelmersdale United sent him their best wishes, posting: “The club would like to thank Reds’ supporters midwife Elaine Heron and former GP Simon Wilson in assisting the Matlock supporter taken ill.
“We understand that they saved his life by administering CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. We wish him a full recovery #footballcommunity.”
Heanor Town and Alfreton Town were among a number of clubs from outside the EVO-STIK NPL who also hailed the speedy response time of the Derbyshire Air Ambulance in getting to the ground using #footballfamily. Supporters of both sides later organised an impromptu bucket collection, raising more than £350 for the emergency services charity fliers.
Kick-off was delayed until 3.45pm, Workington later heading home with all three points after a 2-1 win to take them to within a point of the play-off spots in the EVO-STIK NPL’s Premier Division.