Whitby Town skipper Mark Robinson put his first aid training to vital use during Bank Holiday Monday’s North East derby at Blyth Spartans.
Despite the fixture’s highly-competitive history, Robinson put rivalry aside to roll stricken opponent Danny Parker into the recovery position after the defender lost consciousness during the Evo-Stik League clash.
Parker was accidentally caught in the face by the arm of Whitby’s former Spartans striker Craig Farrell as the pair contested a 50-50 slide midway through the first half.
As Parker stayed down, Robinson acted quickly to put Parker on his side and Town physio Paul Scott also lent medical equipment including oxygen as Parker was stretchered off in a neck brace with what was later found to be a broken jaw.
Skipper Robbo told the Whitby Gazette this week: “Faz [Craig Farrell] went in for a brilliant 50/50 tackle. When their lad stayed down I saw Lee Mason go over but the lad was laid on his back and I knew he was motionless.
“The impact of the tackle had given him whiplash and I knew he wasn’t conscious.
“His tongue wasn’t as it should have been so I put him in the recovery position before the physio took over.”
Robinson, a PE teacher, was certainly the right man to have around, as something similar happened to his son after he fell off a swing in the back garden.
Ex-Motherwell centre-back Parker has since contacted Robinson to say thanks. He also took to Twitter where he posted: “Thanks a lot to you all from Whitby FC ... It was great sportsmanship by all who helped me!”
Robinson is confident Whitby’s season is about to pick up despite being bottom of the table with one point from four games.
“The first two games were against teams we didn’t know much about who did well in their respective leagues, who have come up and have that winning mentality,” he said.
“It’s been well documented that we’ve not started games well but in the second half at Blyth was when our season began. Words were said at half-time, but after the game the manager was a lot happier and hopefully we can kick-start from there.
The games are coming thick and fast for Whitby.
Tomorrow, they entertain Witton Albion looking for their first win of the season and on Tuesday, travel to Trafford with a supporters’ bus leaving the club at 2.30pm.
“It’s a good thing when you are playing so many games and want them to come as quickly as possible so you can put things right,” Robinson added.