A match was abandoned after a player was left with a suspected head injury and a dislocated shoulder and had to wait more than 90 minutes for an ambulance.
South Shields FC player Adam Sakr sustained the injuries after he and Ryhope Colliery Welfare’s goalkeeper Christopher Rookes collided just minutes after the game at Mariners Park.
The referee decided to call of the remainder of the game after the wait for paramedics went on, with advice given the 21-year-old should not be moved because he had hurt his head.
David Fall, the club’s treasurer, said as the incident was ongoing: “The player is still on the pitch and we’ve got umbrellas up to keep him dry.
“The referee decided to postpone after 20 minutes and they’d only played about four or five minutes of the game when it happened.
“The goal keeper is a big lad and when they came together, Adam’s come off worse.
“He’s not a well lad at the moment.
“The goalkeeper is fine.”
The midfielder lost consciousness for 10 seconds after the clash and but came round and was able to talk to club officials as they sat by his side ahead of the arrival of paramedics.
He has been taken to hospital for treatment.
The goal keeper is a big lad and when they came together, Adam’s come off worse.David Fall, treasurer of South Shields FC
Get well messages have already started to be sent to the club and Sakr, who lives in Bishop Auckland and was a summer signing for the team.
Among those to tweet the club via @SouthShieldsFC include Stephen Bowman, @corbridgesmyrks, who wrote: “There’s only one Adam Sakr. Brave lad @SouthShieldsFC #mariners.”
Grahame Barron, @BarronGrahame, said: “Best wishes from down south. Hope all will be OK. Speedy recovery, Adam,” while Andrew Dolan, @AndrewDolan5, said: “Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.”