Sent-off keeper, nurse by day, helps save fan's life

Posted by Chris Wright

When his side traveled to take on King's Lynn Town FC in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League last Saturday, Stocksbridge Park Steels goalkeeper Ben Scott knew he was going to have his work cut out, what with his opponents having already hit 12 goals in their opening four games, the most in the league.

As expected, Scott endured a busy afternoon, conceding three goals before getting himself sent off in the last few minutes for flying into a dangerously high challenge on one of King's Lynn's strikers.

However, the real action was yet to come.

As Scott, 30, trudged off the pitch and back to the dressing room amid a hail of boos and jeers from the home supporters, he overheard that a King's Lynn fan -- later reported to be a man in his 70s -- had collapsed in the crowd.

Fortunately, Scott works as a staff nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary by day, so the Stocksbridge keeper ran to help tend to the stricken fan along with the St. John Ambulance crew on stand-by. The group stabilised the supporter's heartbeat using a portable defibrillator until paramedics arrived shortly thereafter.

Scott recounted the ordeal to the Evo-Stik League website:

“I started walking off the field, getting a nice bit of abuse as you do, when I noticed a young girl running past me.

“She said, ‘A gentleman’s died’, so I followed her into the crowd and came across the gentleman on the floor. His heart was in an irregular rhythm ...

“It was a fantastic bit of teamwork that gave that gentleman a fighting chance. You’ve got to bear in mind that these [ambulance] guys do it for free – they were fantastic.

“It does put things into perspective -- you do realise that football is only a game.”

According to a spokesman for St. John Ambulance, the fan was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. He responded well, made a full recovery and is now home.

Something tells us that's probably the best save Ben Scott is ever going to make!

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