One particular National League North fixture ended up having to be abandoned in the 89th minute due to injury on Tuesday night.
Darlington’s match against Boston United was halted before the referee chose to call it a day after a serious injury was suffered to former Bolton Wanderers defender Nicky Hunt.
The 37-year-old laid on the pitch at Blackwell Meadows after being knocked unconscious and needed lengthy treatment for a head injury.
A difficult night for Darlington. Thoughts are with Nicky Hunt.
— North East Sport News (@nesportnews) November 10, 2020
He was taken to hospital by ambulance at around 23:00 GMT after being treated on the pitch for more than an hour.
Darlington revealed an update on the condition of the defender.
It read: Following an incident on the field near the end of the match, Nicky was left unconscious and needed lengthy treatment for a head injury from the physios of both clubs and medical staff.
He was taken to hospital at 11pm by ambulance.
We would like to thank the excellent care and prompt action which was taken by the physios of both clubs, and the Darlington FC safety staff and stewards.
Our thoughts are with Nicky and his family.
We will update everybody when we can.
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The Quakers’ opposition, Boston United, said: Darlington defender Nicky Hunt has been stretchered from the pitch by ambulance crew at 11.00pm. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
Boston also said in a statement via their club website: Boston United’s National League North trip to Darlington was abandoned in the closing stages on Tuesday evening.
A serious-looking injury to home defender Nicky Hunt prompted referee Adam Williamson to abandon the encounter at Blackwell Meadows which United led 2-0.
Jordan Burrow’s eighth minute header and Fraser Preston’s deflected 87th minute strike had the Pilgrims on course for a deserved away win until Hunt’s injury curtailed matters.
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A further statement, issued by Darlington on Wednesday morning, read: We are pleased to inform everyone that following a scan on his head and neck at North Tees Hospital early this morning, Nicky has been given the all-clear. He was released from hospital at around 5am, and he returned home to rest with his family.
Once again, we would like to thank the physios from both Darlington and
Hunt made a total of 127 appearances for Bolton Wanderers in the top flight and also had spells with Birmingham, Derby and Bristol City.
Here he is talking about eyeing up promotion with Darlington for the 2020/21 season…
2001–2010 – Bolton Wanderers – 128 apps (1 goal)
2008 → Birmingham City (loan) – 11 apps (0 goals)
2010 → Derby County (loan) – 21 apps (0 goals)
2010–2012 – Bristol City – 7 apps (0 goals)
2012 – Preston North End – 17 apps (1 goal)
2012–2013 – Rotherham United – 9 apps (0 goals)
2013 → Accrington Stanley (loan) – 11 apps (0 goals)
2013–2015 – Accrington Stanley – 66 apps (0 goals)
2015–2016 – Mansfield Town – 19 apps (0 goals)
2016–2017 – Leyton Orient – 50 apps (1 goal)
2017–2018 – Notts County – 13 apps (0 goals)
2018–2020 – Crewe Alexandra – 47 apps (1 goal)
2020– Darlington – 3 apps (0 goals)
2004–2005 – England U21 – 9 apps (0 goals)
Fans and ex-players reacted on social media after the National League North fixture was abandoned in the 89th minute…
Hoping for some positive news regarding my good mate Nicky Hunt in the morning ?? https://t.co/IjjCn9Opsf
— Kevin Davies (@Kevin__Davies) November 10, 2020
A good lad Hunt, lived a dream playing at the Reebok in that era. Tough lad and hopefully he’ll be reet?
— John Arkwright (@JohnYboyee) November 10, 2020
From a BUFC fan, we wish the speedy and upmost best recovery for Hunt. Fans across the league coming together sending well wishes for both players is what this games about. Not “this is a joke” “my bet is down the drain”. Stop being so ignorant, small minded and stupid. ????
— Herbert Steel (@MrBrownDay) November 10, 2020
In the circumstances the points hardly matter. We have lost anyway and Boston deserved their victory. We lost two of our best and most influential players to injury which is damaging going forward, but their health and welfare is the top concern
— FunDisney (@FunDisney3) November 10, 2020
Football game matters not when things like this occur.
Like other i hope its not as serious as it sounds.
Hopefully player will recover quickly
— Spennymoor Town FC London Branch (@SpennymoorTownL) November 10, 2020
— Footy Shirts for sale (@BarryTh71456958) November 10, 2020
All the best to your lad Nicky Hunt, don’t care about the result!
Best wishes from everyone at Boston United.
— Harry Taylor (@Harryjtaylor) November 10, 2020
Wishing all the best to player! No one likes to see it… from brackley fan
— btfcbarmyarmy (@banhambtfc) November 10, 2020
From a hartlepool fan rivalry aside hope to god the lads ok
— A.Dobson?? (@adobson1417) November 10, 2020
Awful news. A very worrying situation and we all hope things than out to be less serious than feared. Tonight i am sure everyone sends their best wishes to nicky hunt, his family and friends and all at the club.
— RH (@MKDarlo) November 10, 2020
Everybody at AFC Fylde Football Club would like to wish Nicky a speedy recovery.
— AFC Fylde (@AFCFylde) November 11, 2020
Devastated for Nicky last night, hope you have a quick recovery and are feeling more comfortable today ?
— Mr Q DFC Official Club Mascot (@DfcMascot) November 11, 2020
best wishes to Nicky, hope he’s fit & well again soon and back on the field for you.
— Rodge (@roguez9) November 10, 2020