A doctor has been praised after he came to the rescue of a rugby player who was knocked unconscious during a match in Stourbridge.

Tony Carter was on hand to help 21-year-old Ben Fairclough, who also swallowed his tongue after receiving a knock to his head in the game yesterday.


Fairclough had been playing for Yorkshire side Otley against Stourbridge Rugby Club at Stourton Park in the National League 2 North.

Mr Carter, who is a team doctor for the Stourbridge club, prevented Fairclough from choking on his tongue before arriving ambulance paramedic took the player to Russells Hall Hospital.

Andy Verlander, Stourbridge manager, said Fairclough, who was being watched by his father, was released from hospital last night.


Today, Otley’s director of rugby, James Tiffany, praised Stourbridge Rugby Club and Mr Carter for their quick response.

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