Sunday, May 22, 2022

Fulham, Oldham AND Wycombe matches suspended due to three medical emergencies in stands within minutes of each other

THREE fans suffered medical emergencies within minutes of each other at Fulham, Oldham and Wycombe. 

Play was stopped for a combined hour in the EFL matches with both sets of teams taken down the tunnels at Craven Cottage and Boundary Park.


Fulham supporters waited on anxiously as the ill fan received treatmentCredit: Getty
Fulham and Blackpool players left the pitch at Craven Cottage


Fulham and Blackpool players left the pitch at Craven CottageCredit: Getty

A fan was taken ill at the Hammersmith End at Craven Cottage as Fulham led Blackpool 1-0 with 16 minutes on the clock.

And as medics attended to the supporter, fans used their flags as a shield and referee Peter Bankes took both teams back down the tunnel.

The fan, believed to be a male, was carried out of the ground on a stretcher and taken to hospital with suggestions from nearby fans he suffered a heart attack.

High-flying Fulham resumed their match 37 minutes later but conceded an equaliser just before hour mark as it finished 1-1.

There was a simultaneous stoppage at Oldham when a home fan needed treatment during the goalless League Two clash against Rochdale.

Again, the players were taken off the pitch to allow the doctors to provide help.

Oldham tweeted: “Our best wishes go with the Latics fan concerned.

“A heartfelt thank you to supporters who alerted it quickly to the stewards and medical team in the Main Stand Upper.

“We will try to provide a further update but he is back responsive and receiving treatment.”

The match at Oldham resumed after a 23-minute stoppage.

And just before half-term in Wycombe’s 1-0 defeat against MK Dons, play was paused for a third medical emergency of the afternoon, albeit for two minutes.


These are the latest incidents involving health scares since fans returned to stadiums.

Fulham ace Antonee Robinson, on international duty with USA, tweeted: “Thoughts are with the fan.

“Also, is it possible for someone to address that this seems to be happening very frequently now?”

Hero Dr Tom Prichard has helped save two lives this season.

He was in the stands at Newcastle when they faced Tottenham in October.

And three months later, he was part of the Middlesbrough medical team that came to the rescue of someone in the home end at Blackburn on Monday night.

Incredibly, the dedicated doctor then started his 12-hour University Hospital of North Tees A&E shift at 8am on Tuesday morning.

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