Wanderers legend Glyn Creaser is said to be in a stable condition after suffering a cardiac arrest at half-time of a benefit match on Sunday.
Glyn was involved in a match between Stevenage and Barnet at the Lamex Stadium but was taken ill and later taken to hospital.
A statement from Stevenage read: "The Club and the players family would like to thank the prompt action of Club Doctor Kevin Zammit and the onsite Pro-Medicus Staff, who saved his life with the aid of a defibrillator. The incident has once again highlighted the importance of defibrillators in sporting environments at all levels of the game."
Everyone at Wycombe Wanderers wishes Glyn a full and speedy recovery.
John D Taylor of the Ex-Players Association writes:
Our thoughts are with Glyn Creaser and his family after the former Wycombe captain was rushed to hospital at the weekend after collapsing during a charity match at Stevenage. He suffered a cardiac arrest at half-time during Sunday’s Martin Gitting’s Benefit Game and is now in a stable condition in hospital.
The terrifying incident, which occurred prior to the start of the second half and led to the abandonment of the game, was witnessed by wife Andrea and daughters Clare and Megan. Glyn’s heart stopped four times and it was thanks only to the prompt action of Stevenage club doctor Kevin Zammit and the onsite Pro-Medicus Staff, who saved his life with the aid of a defibrillator.
He suffered 14 broken ribs during the recovery process and had three stents inserted in hospital shortly afterwards. But Glyn and the family want to again highlight the importance of defibrillators in sporting environments at all levels of the game.
All at WWEPA, the club and fans will wish their former Blues’ hero a speedy recovery. He’s shown remarkable resilience in the past, coming back from an argument with a forklift truck that almost cost him his foot while playing part-time with Martin O’Neill’s great squad shortly after lifting the FA Trophy at Wembley in 1991.
Creaser defied the odds to make a return and led Wycombe into the Football League for the first time in 1994. Signed by Jim Kelman in 1988 just days after being sent off against Wycombe, he made 260 appearances at centre-half for the Wanderers after 123 games at Barnet. He had short playing spells with Yeovil, Rushden & Diamonds and Dagenham & Redbridge before a two-year spell as boss of Aylesbury.
On retiring from work with John Lewis two years ago, he linked up against at Adams Park as a key member of the Ex-Players’ Association. Only a few weeks ago he was appointed successor to Kevin O’Brien as Membership Secretary where we thought living up to his old on-field nickname ‘The Enforcer’ would come in useful recruiting new members.
Having celebrated his 62nd birthday only a week ago, he still had that burning love for his old team. We look forward to welcoming him back soon – although his playing days may finally be over. Get well soon Glyn.