An opposing goalkeeper went from zero to hero at Lynn’s football ground when he went to the aid of an elderly fan who had collapsed.
Ben Scott had just been sent off while playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels against King’s Lynn Town at The Walks on Saturday when he became aware of the man’s condition.
Mr Scott, whose day job is as a staff nurse at the Doncaster Royal Infirmary, then worked with St John Ambulance personnel to treat the man until paramedics arrived.
But he insisted yesterday that he was no hero and said the praise should instead go to the two charity volunteers who were first on the scene.
He said: “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.”
Mr Scott was sent off in the second minute of injury time at the end of the Evostik League Premier Division match at the Walks, which ended in a 3-3 draw, when he found out about the emergency.
He said: “As I was leaving the pitch, a young girl passed me in the tunnel. She had a board in her hand and I heard her say, ‘A gent’s died out here’.
“It took a second or so to realise what she’d said and I just went chasing after her.”
The spectator, who is believed to be a man in his 70s, is understood to have collapsed in the terraced area of the ground’s main stand.
Mr Scott said the man, whose condition was not known as the Lynn News went to press yesterday, had suffered a ventricular fibrillation, where the heart muscles do not work properly and cannot send blood and oxygen around the body.
At one point, the spectator stopped breathing and had to be revived using both cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the administration of an electrical charge to his heart, known as defibrillation. It is also believed that he suffered a head injury as a result of the impact of the fall.
But Mr Scott said the electrical charge returned the man’s heart to a normal rhythm. He was also able to breathe spontaneously.
News of the incident quickly spread via social media, with many Lynn fans taking to Twitter to praise Mr Scott’s efforts.
One, David Whitehouse, wrote: “You are a credit to your club for helping out in the crowd.”
But Mr Scott, who was due to be back in football action against Blyth Spartans yesterday, believed his role in the incident was down to fate.
“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.”