Scott receives his red card. Picture by Ian Burt (EDP24)
Typically after you got sent off, you head straight to the dressing rooms, either downtrodden or in a fit of rage. For Stocksbridge keeper Ben Scott this weekend, that was never an option. He had a more important job to do: Save someone’s life.
After Scott was red-carded for a dangerous high tackle just minutes before the end of Stocksbridge’s match at King’s Lynn Town FC, a young girl ran up to him, maybe thinking that a goalkeeper can save just about anything, and notified him that a man in his 70s had collapsed in the crowd.
Scott’s day job is as a staff nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and he quickly made his way over to the man.
Scott told the BBC:
“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.”
Working together with members of the on-site ambulance crew, Scott said they were able to use a defibrillator to give the collapsed fan a shock, helping his heart return to a normal rhythm.
There should be little argument that Scott made his biggest save of his career.
— Stocksbridge PSFC (@parksteelsfc)
Performance of the day goes to @S22TTY the guys a hero!— F-LINE Goalkeeping (@flineGK)
@S22TTY thanks for helping the man that collapsed. You were wrongfully sent off though!— Sara Smith (@smiths1988)