Martin Shaw at Roots Hall
game was abandoned just before half time as referee Michael North
collapsed in the centre circle. It did not appear as if he was pushed over
but suddenly he fell flat on his face. Immediately, concerned players
called for assistance from the touchline and St.John’s Ambulance staff
and the Southend United club doctor were on the pitch within seconds. They
apparently tried to resuscitate him as he had suffered a heart attack. The
players were soon led off the field and the Mr North was stretchered off
the field and quickly taken to the nearby Southend General Hospital.
Within 15 minutes it was announced within the ground that it had been
decided by the officials of the clubs that the game was being abandoned as
a mark of respect to the family of Mr North.
failed to create any clearcut opportunities of their own. Greenacre had
one shot that flew well wide and had another header that fell weakly into
the keeper’s arms. Other than that it was mostly a midfield scrap with
little goalmouth action. Nevertheless Stags would have been happy with the
state of play and a good chance of picking up a valuable point in a game
that looked like it could be heading for a 0-0 draw.
new date for this game is yet agreed.
of the Match – Les Robinson
6, Robinson 7, Reddington 6, Jervis 7, Williamson 7, Blake 6, Disley 6,
Clarke 6, Bradley 6, Greenacre 6. Subs not used: Pilkington,
Hassell, Lawrence, Boulding, Williams.