Published: 16/05/2014 11:42 - Updated: 16/05/2014 11:52

Manager feared player would die

Written byCraig Christie

A FOOTBALL manager has described how he feared one of players could have died on the pitch as the result of a sickening clash of heads.

David Mackie (left) pictured in action earlier in the season against Bryan Henderson of Fochabers.
David Mackie (left) pictured in action earlier in the season against Bryan Henderson of Fochabers.

Dufftown defender David Mackie (24) has recovered from the head injury which saw him taken to hospital during his team’s North junior match against Burghead Thistle last weekend.

Team boss Steven Rattray said he was alarmed by the sight of his player twitching and having a fit as he lay on the ground, and the sound of him struggling to breathe.

“My honest concern was that he might stop breathing,” Rattray told www.northern-scot.co.uk

 “I thought there was a real possibility that he could have died.

“His eyes were rolled back in his head and the noise of his breathing was a concern to everyone."

One of Dufftown’s committee members works as a paramedic and was able to treat the stricken player along with his team-mate, Kevin Pirie, a PE teacher at Speyside High.

Fortunately, an ambulance was also in the town at the time and was on the scene within 10 minutes. The rest of the players returned to the dressing room for 30 minutes while Mackie was treated.

Read the full story in 'The Scot' print version - out now.

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