Match abandoned after goalkeeper is airlifted to hospital

Air ambulance arriving at Garstang FC to take player Mark Thornley to hospital after he was knocked unconcious.
Air ambulance arriving at Garstang FC to take player Mark Thornley to hospital after he was knocked unconcious.

A football match was abandoned when a popular goalkeeper was knocked unconscious.

Garstang FC’s Mark ‘Wolfie’ Thornley returned home on Monday after spending two days in hospital following a sickening clash of heads just seven minutes into the game at home to Hesketh Bank on Saturday.

Mark Thornley.

Mark Thornley.

An air ambulance was needed to take the 49-year-old former Morecambe and Lancaster player to the Royal Preston Hospital in Fulwood from Garstang’s Riverside ground.

Thornley was knocked unconscious for around 30 minutes with the Hesketh Bank player also taken for treatment.

The former Shrimps stopper was given the all-clear following a CT scan but was kept in for observation before being discharged.

Les Taylor, Garstang FC commercial manager said: “It was a bad one.

“A ball has come into the box and the two have clashed heads – Mark was hit on the temple.

“He never moved for 30 minutes – it was very worrying.”

It is the second time in three weeks Garstang have been hit with a serious injury after captain Gary Fawcett needed 12 internal and 17 external stitches to a facial injury.