With a huge crowd in attendance for the Haverhill Borough and Haverhill Rovers local football derby the incident began to unfold just a few minutes prior to kick-off. Both clubs worked together as one at The New Croft to administer first aid treatment whilst emergency services were called.
A male local football supporter attending the game fell ill suddenly and having fallen to the ground with a suspected heart attack was given immediate first aid life saving treatment by Tommy Hardwick, a Haverhill Borough player who is a firefighter with first aid training and Lisa Shulver, our Club's Welfare Office and one of the Club's first aiders. The two local heroes worked together to administer CPR and required the use of the Club's defibrillator, whilst awaiting the arrival of both land and air ambulance which landed on the main Haverhill Rovers pitch adjacent to the 3G pitch.
Emergency services arrived at the ground very quickly. Paramedics on the scene voiced that the quick response from both Tommy and Lisa probably saved the man's life. Peter Betts, Haverhill Rovers Football Development Officer and Haverhill Community Sports Association Facilities Manager confirmed that the FA funded defibrillator on site also played a huge part to save the man's life alongside the two first responders.
Haverhill Rovers F C would like to wish the supporter a speedy recovery and thoughts are with the family. Once being made stable by paramedics on the scene, the man was airlifted to Norwich Hospital by the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
A big thank you to all the supporters from both clubs that waited patiently for the start of the kick-off which eventually was postponed.
A ticket was provided to those in attendance to return when the fixture is rescheduled by the league, which many have donated their re-entry fee to the East Anglian Air Ambulance fund which is very much appreciated by both clubs.
Picture by Mark Westley
Updated 20:16 - 14 Dec 2017 by Barbara Jones