Barnsley FC face Burton Albion FC on Tuesday 19th February in a rearranged Sky Bet League One fixture.
The club are delighted to announce that Stephen Croft, members of his family and representatives of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be in attendance.
Just prior to kick-off of the original fixture, scheduled for September of 2018, long-serving volunteer Stephen Croft was airlifted to Sheffield Northern General Hospital, after suffering a cardiac arrest on the side of the playing surface.
As a popular member of the match day staff at Oakwell and a well-recognised Reds supporter, events that took place on the afternoon of 22nd of September 2018 truly shook the Barnsley community, as well as the rest of the footballing world, with well wishes pouring in for Stephen.
Yet, through the incredible response of on-site medical staff, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, staff at Northern General Hospital and the unwavering support of his family, Stephen is expected to make a full recovery and is scheduled to be our 'guest of honour' on Tuesday evening.
Accompanied by members of his family and individuals who were either at the scene in September, or have helped throughout his journey, Stephen will lead both sides out on to the field of play.
After watching the first half from the Copier Systems Legends Suite, Stephen will take to the pitch once more, speaking to the Oakwell crowd.
Finance and Operations Director, Rob Zuk, is thrilled to officially welcome Stephen back to Oakwell.
“We’re all so happy to welcome Stephen and his family back to Oakwell for Tuesday’s fixture. When a situation like this occurs, which isn’t regular, you do see the best in people. As a club, we were so proud of how everyone in the ground that day reacted to a potential tragedy. The people behind-the-scenes who aren’t always noticed, sprang into action and all contributed towards saving Stephen’s life. The reaction and understanding from both sets of fans cannot be forgotten. The realisation in the stands of what was happened was evident, both Barnsley and Burton fans were a true credit to the footballing world and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday evening.”
The Club are also pleased to welcome a host of volunteers from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity, who will be stationed around the ground to accept donations, give information and engage with supporters of all ages prior to kick-off.
To help kick-start the YAA fundraising, all profits from Tuesday evening’s edition of BE RED will be donated to the Charity. In addition, a selection of £1 Yorkshire Air Ambulance merchandise will be available to purchase from the Reds Superstore on the evening. Such items include badges, keyrings and wristbands.
Supporters and supporters groups who have already raised money through events and auctions, or would like to make a donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance via JustGiving, please click here.