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Darlington give update on player rushed to hospital with bleed on brain

Darlington give an update on player Paddy Almond rushed to hospital with a bleed on the brain during Saturday’s game at Southend.

The Quakers defender was transferred to a specialist hospital in London after suffering a suspected concussion during the FA Trophy defeat at Roots Hall.

Almond, a former youth player for Sunderland, was subbed off in the second half of Darlington’s 2-1 defeat with the referee speaking with the 20 year old footballer around five minutes before to his departure from the pitch.


Darlington defender Paddy Almond came off in the second half of our game at Southend today, and was rushed to hospital with suspected concussion.

We understand that Paddy will have a brain scan tonight as a precaution, and our physio, Danny O’Connor, is going to stay with him. Our thanks go to Danny.

Everybody at Darlington would like to wish Paddy a speedy recovery.

We will keep everyone updated.

Update at 9.15pm Saturday

After a brain scan at Southend Hospital, Paddy has been diagnosed with a bleed on the brain, and is currently being transferred (Danny is with him) to a specialist London hospital for further treatment.

Paddy is in our thoughts, and we continue to wish him a speedy recovery.

Sunday morning 10.30 update

On his arrival at the Royal London Hospital at around midnight Saturday, Paddy had a second brain scan, and is due to have an operation to relieve the pressure on his brain some time this morning.

Everybody at Darlington FC and the world of football is keeping him in our thoughts and hoping that he makes a swift recovery. He was able to hold conversations with our physio, Danny O’Connor last night, which hopefully is a good sign.

We would like to thank Danny who did so much to help Paddy on the field, in the changing room, and in the two hospitals. We wish him a safe journey back up from London. We understand that Paddy’s parents are on their way to London to be with Paddy.

We would also like to thank John, Dave, and all of the medical staff at Southend FC, the NHS ambulance staff, and the doctors at Southend General Hospital and Royal London Hospital. Their help is greatly appreciated.

We would also like to thank everyone in the football world for all their messages of goodwill, it has been very heartwarming to read so many good wishes. We are sure that you will be keeping your fingers crossed for Paddy as well.

Sunday evening 5.30 update

Following his second brain scan this morning, the specialists made a decision to keep Paddy under observation before they make a decision on whether to operate.

Happily, his condition hasn’t deteriorated, and appears to be stabilising. He is sat up in his bed, eating food and chatting with his family.

Paddy and his family are very grateful for all the messages of goodwill from throughout the world of football, and as a club we have been most touched by all the support for him. The football world has truly come together, rivalries have been set aside.

Our physio Danny O’Connor — one of several people to whom everybody is grateful — is now back home in the north east and keeping in touch with Paddy and his family.

We will keep everybody updated.

Almond had only returned to football in November having been a passenger in a car accident back in June, which left him with head injuries.

The Shrimpers also sent their best wishes to Almond after the game, saying: “Everyone at Southend United sends their best to Paddy and wishes him a speedy recovery.”

Twitter users and teammates reacted as Darlington give an update on the player who was rushed to hospital with a bleed on the brain…

@gafferwoody: Let’s hope we hear some good news on this asap wish you well 💙⚽️🦐

@BenPearson1997: Have everything crossed for Paddy & his family 🙏🤞

@darlofan_dfc: Terrible news about Paddy Almond, hope the lad makes a swift recovery. Nothing seemed to be mentioned today about him suffering a bang to the head, what happened to the poor lad

@KA_Forfusion: In times of crisis we hope people will be there for us and our family. Can’t thank @Official_Darlo Club Physio @danny_oconnor28 enough for his efforts yesterday. To say he went above and beyond is an understatement. Our family and Paddy will forever be in your debt 🖤🤍🙏

@dankingNUFC: Keeping everything crossed for a speedy recovery for Paddy 🤞🏻🤞🏻

@AdrianoMoke: All with you P.A. 🙏🏾❤️

@tommytaylor2250: Please everyone have Paddy in your thoughts and prayers tonight 🙏❤️ You’ve got this mate, stay strong ❤️🙏

@RachelWalden_68: Thoughts with Paddy and his family.

@dfc_cam: What a debut he gad aswell, hope you get better paddy

@ShaunTal1908: Get well soon Paddy, speedy recovery from a Pools fan

@jaka_adu: Wishing you the best fella hopefully some good news

@AllanMcWillia12: Get well Paddy. Hope it’s not to bad and you’re back soon.

@HarryHodgson06: Hope your well paddy 👊🏼

@TrevorOakley1: Been a decent day but it all pales into insignificance upon finding out about Paddy Almond.

@DarloTotty: Thinking of @Official_Darlo Paddy Almond this morning.

@quakerman2: Praying for good news today, all us Darlo fans are with you Kevin but Paddy is in safe hands at the hospital in London. Everything crossed waiting for a positive feedback.

@MichaelBarrass1: Sending love and prayers

@DavidHardisty12: My thoughts are with your family

@HuscroftJack: Hope he recovers well!

@HarryKirtley5: Wishing paddy almond a speedy recovery ❤️🤍

@Nichola45202221: Thoughts are with Paddy and you all 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

@Darlotoon: Coming on Twitter to read about Paddy Almond is so upsetting. Lovely though to see the messages of support for him from the wider football community.

@micklittlefair: Hope the boy is OK. Get well soon 🤞🤞

@NewcastleUtd69: Get well soon Paddy.

@MccourtIain: Absolutely terrible. Hope he’s alright. In my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for letting me know guys. 🙏

@elliotcowens_: Shite craic to hear, hope he’s on the mend ❤️

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