A dad who collapsed from a stroke while refereeing a children’s football match has praised the parents and players who he says saved his life.
Terry Storey slumped to the ground while taking charge of his son’s game in the Doncaster and District Junior Sunday Football League, and was rushed to hospital as horrified youngsters looked on.
But today, speaking from his hospital bed, he said he was ‘extremely grateful’ for the quick-thinking actions of parents at Sunday’s game between Finningley Harriers Reds and Balby Academy of Sport U11s Blues.
He said: “Without them, I am not sure what would have happened or whether I’d be here to tell the tale.
“I have no recollection of the game or what happened at all, but the parents and lads were all brilliant at coming to help me.”
Mr Storey, aged 44, who has been involved with Finningley and has worked in children’s football for years, suffered a mild migraine-induced stroke towards the end of the match in the U11s Premier Division at Finningley and Blaxton playing fields.
He said: “I had a bad head during the game and, if I am being honest, I can’t remember the match at all.
“I can’t remember collapsing.”
His son Kaylan, 10, was among the players who looked on as paramedics tended to the teaching assistant on the field before taking him to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
“He was absolutely devastated, all the lads were. But they have been sending me messages and cards and I am looking forward to getting back on the touchlines again soon.”
The game was abandoned with Balby leading 3-1 after the drama involving Mr Storey, who is also on the junior league’s management committee.
Mr Storey, who lives in Dunscroft with his wife Joanne, is expected to make a full recovery, but is expected to stay in hospital for a few more days.
He added: “I want to be back with the lads again soon.”