Goalie and Doncaster nurse saves man’s life after being sent off

Ben Scott, a Doncaster Royal Infirmary nurse and footballer who saved the life of a rival fan minutes after being sent off
Ben Scott, a Doncaster Royal Infirmary nurse and footballer who saved the life of a rival fan minutes after being sent off

A footballer went from zero to hero after saving the life of a rival fan - minutes after being sent off.

Ben Scott, 30, was devastated after being shown a red card for kicking out at an opposition player and stormed down the tunnel.

But the day’s drama wasn’t over for the goalkeeper when he heard cries for help coming from the crowd.

Instinctively the qualified nurse, who works night shifts at Doncaster Royal Infirmary as a staff nurse, turned around and ran back out onto the pitch to the rescue of a fan who had suddenly collapsed on the terraces.

The spectator, a man in his 70s, had stopped breathing after a suspected cardiac arrest.

Ben took off his gloves and helped two volunteers from St John Ambulance to deliver CPR.

They also used a defibrillator to revive the vulnerable man.

The fan, who has not been named, recovered in hospital after the footballer was able to restore his heart’s rhythm back to a normal rate.

It is understood he returned home on Tuesday.

Former Sheffield United player Ben, who lives in Sheffield, said: “If I hadn’t been sent off or if I wasn’t playing in the game, I wouldn’t have been able to help the gentleman.

“All I can hope is that he makes some kind of recovery. He’s been given the best chance.”

Ben added: “It was the initial response from the St John Ambulance that saved the man’s life.

“If anyone should take the credit it’s those two. They do it for free. It’s humbling.”

Chris Scholey, Chairman of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said: “All praise goes to Ben for helping to save the life of the gentleman who had collapsed at last Saturday’s football match. We are all extremely proud of him and I understand the gentleman is making a speedy recovery.”

Rival fans took to Twitter to praise the Stocksbridge Park Steels goalkeeper for saving the man’s life at their away match against King’s Lynn Town on Saturday.

David Whitehouse wrote: “You are a credit to your club for helping out in the crowd.”

Jack Flanagan added: “Got a bit of stick today, but great lad to help the old man. You’re a credit to your team! Good banter with the home fans too!”

And Tim Smith tweeted: “Respect to @parksteelsfc keeper @S22TTY sent off then going to help a Lynn fan who had collapsed.”