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Wayne St Clair - 2 February

The Uhlsport Hellenic League are sad to inform that Oxford University Press player Wayne St Clair has died after collapsing on the pitch during a veterans game.

The match between Oxford University Press and Watlington Town FC was abandoned after one of the players - Wayne St Clair collapsed during the second half on Wednesday night.

A number of players, trained in first aid, rushed to his side and the air ambulance was called to Abingdon Town’s Culham Road ground – where OUP play their home games. It is understood the player died at the John Radcliffe Hospital at about 4.30am yesterday morning.

The referee for the Uhlsport Hellenic League Veterans Premier Division game, Gordon Varley, said he initially saw the player on one knee 23 minutes into the second half. The Oxford Mail reports - He said: “A free kick was awarded and there was a sending off of a player, I then paced out the 10-yard zone for the defence to withdraw and I then continued towards the man as he was on one knee. I asked if he was ready to start. He raised himself up and as he did so he fell back to his kneeling position. His teammates came to his aid and shortly after paramedics, ambulance and the fire service were all on site – followed by the air ambulance.”

A ‘lengthy’ resuscitation process then followed before he was taken to hospital by land ambulance. South Central Ambulance Service confirmed it was called shortly after 9pm and sent an ambulance crew and an air ambulance, with paramedics treating Mr St Clair at the scene.

Mr Varley added: “Despite the best efforts of the staff I was sadly informed that he passed away at approximately 4.30 am.”

Uhlsport Hellenic League chairman, Bob Dalling, said he was ‘very sad’ about the incident, and on behalf of all involved in the Uhlsport Hellenic League his sincere condolences are extended to Mr St Clair's family and loved ones.

 

Seeking Friendlies - 8 August

Faringdon Town Vets are looking for friendlies in the build up to their first season in the Hellenic Veterans League.

We have a free pitch available at Tucker Park on the following Sunday morning dates.
13 August
20 August
27 August
Share of referee fee.
Clubhouse will be open for refuelling!!

If interested, contact Martin Harries martinharries73@gmail.com

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