Footballer hurt after on-pitch collision in Holbeach Bank

Holbeach Bank Football Club players whose goalkeeper was injured after a collision while playing against Sibsey on Saturday.
Photo by Tim Wilson.
Holbeach Bank Football Club players whose goalkeeper was injured after a collision while playing against Sibsey on Saturday. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Injured player airlifted to hospital recovering at home

A footballer from Holbeach had to be flown to hospital after an accidental collision with another player during a game on Saturday.

The injured man was playing in goal for Holbeach Bank Football Club against Sibsey when he collided with an outfield player from the visiting team about 20 minutes into the game.

The goalkeeper came out to collect a ball which the centre forward from Sibsey was chasing after and they both collided

Trevor Dawson, chairman of Holbeach Bank FC

Both players were treated on the pitch which led the referee to abandon the game after 30 minutes.

But when the goalkeeper was initially found to be unconscious, paramedics called for an air ambulance which flew him to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he was discharged from on Sunday.

Trevor Dawson, chairman of Holbeach Bank FC, said: “The goalkeeper came out to collect a ball which the centre forward from Sibsey was chasing after.

“They both collided and the goalkeeper was knocked out for a while, so the referee stopped the game before the goalkeeper regained consciousness.

“The ambulance came after 20 minutes and paramedics checked the goalkeeper out before putting him on a stretcher which was when they said that he should be taken away to hospital by air ambulance.

“I called him on Sunday lunchtime when he was at home but still sore from a trapped nerve in his neck.

“He’ll have further checks but we’re glad it wasn’t worse.”