Matlock Town FC thank medics who saved fan’s life after heart attack

Matlock Town FC fan Ian Taylor, right, was reunited with Dr Simon Wilson and this weekend's match against Workington. Dr Wilson saved Ian's life when he had a heart attack at a game in January 2017.
Matlock Town FC fan Ian Taylor, right, was reunited with Dr Simon Wilson and this weekend's match against Workington. Dr Wilson saved Ian's life when he had a heart attack at a game in January 2017.

There was a heartfelt reunion at the DCJ Arena last week as a Matlock Town FC fan met up with the doctor who saved his life at a match in 2017.

When Ian Taylor went into cardiac arrest just before kick-off in a game against Workington last January, retired GP Simon Wilson and midwife Elaine Heron performed CPR until the Air Ambulance arrived on the scene.

The two clubs faced off again on Saturday, April 21, and Matlock chairman Tom Wright invited Workington fans Simon and Elaine to be guests of honour at the game, along with Ian and his family.

Tom said: “The swift response by all those involved meant Ian had a better chance of survival.

“Those who were there on the day will never forget it, and the sight of the Air Ambulance landing on the pitch will be forever etched in their minds.”

The club also invited volunteers from the Air Ambulance service to the game, who took the change to raise much-needed funds with a collection and merchandise sale.

Charity spokesman Richard Fletcher said: “I was delighted to be part of this truly inspirational day, Matlock Towns passion and support for our service is fantastic and to chat to Ian and hear his remarkable recovery since we last spoke.

“We would like to thank all the staff and fans for their generosity and the fantastic support they have given.”