Morecambe FC boss Jim Bentley helps ill fan at gala dinner

Terry Ainsworth with Jim Bentley at Morecambe Golf Club in 2009.
Terry Ainsworth with Jim Bentley at Morecambe Golf Club in 2009.

Morecambe FC fans have praised their manager Jim Bentley after he helped look after a fan who was taken ill at a club gala dinner.

Terry Ainsworth was at Saturday evening’s annual event at the Globe Arena with his wife when he fell ill.

And the Shrimps boss accompanied Terry and his wife Margaret in the ambulance to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and stayed with him until 4am to ensure he was OK.

Terry, 75, is now recovering well at his Lancaster home.

He said: “I am feeling great, and I want to thank everyone for their help and kindness, especially Jim who was fantastic, and all the doctors and nurses at A&E, who were first class.

“I will never forget being in A&E with Jim Bentley strutting around in a dinner suit!”

Terry, who writes for the Lancaster Guardian Nostalgia pages, said he had enjoyed the gala evening and was saying goodbye to Jim when he began feeling faint.

“I was chatting to him when I suddenly felt dizzy and hot, and Margaret said I then just went over and Jim caught me,” he said.

“I vaguely remember Jim insisting on coming in the ambulance with us.

“He was just wonderful. He’s a real people person and was keeping everyone entertained in A&E.”

Terry underwent some tests and was given an anti-sickness injection before being allowed home – minus his clothes which he had been sick on!

“I asked if they could find me an outfit to go home in and a doctor came back with this orange thing that made me look like I had come from Guantanamo Bay!” he joked.

“I sent Jim a picture and he was in hysterics; I think I will be taking a lot of stick from people at Morecambe FC about that!”

Jim said he had wanted to give support to Terry and his wife.

“He had some tests and I stayed there with him until about 4am,” he said. “He saw the doctor and left at about 5am.

“I have spoken to him since and thankfully he seems to be OK.

“Everyone at Morecambe FC wishes him well. I just did what I could, I just wanted to give him some support.”

Fans were quick to praise Jim’s actions on the Shrimps Voices online forum.

Freez said: “The man just keeps proving he is MFC to the core. Legend.”

Christies Child said: “As a person and an ambassador for our club and town he’s outstanding and a credit to his family.”

Al1 wrote: “I hope the gentleman is ok now, well done jimbo.”

And Wild Bill said: “In an era of greed and self-interest, Jim is the perfect antidote. Cracking bloke who will always be loved at MFC.”