Glenn Murray was expected to be Brighton’s biggest threat on Saturday.

However, a ninth minute accidental collision with Federico Fernandez left both players needing medical treatment.

The Newcastle defender was quickly back on his feet but both players and match officials frantically indicated that the Brighton striker needed urgent help.

It has now been revealed that Brighton’s Chief Executive Paul Barber has written to Newcastle United after the incident.

In the letter he has praised everybody involved, from the Newcastle fans who gave a standing ovation as Glenn Murray was wheeled from the pitch, to those at the nearby RVI who quickly treated and assessed the player

Paul Barber did though feel the need to defend the ‘stretcher-bearers’, who provoked derisory and angry shouts from the crowd as they appeared to take their time in reaching Murray.

Barber explaining that they are told specifically not to run and instead it is up to the expert medical people, such as the club doctor, to get to the injured player first, which the Brighton CEO said happened within 11 seconds.

Glenn Murray was knocked unconscious and swallowed his tongue but thankfully is now making a good recovery.

Brighton Chief Executive Paul Barber talking to The Argus:

“The referee, Andre Marriner, was excellent. He immediately called for assistance, which in those situations you would expect the referee to do but sometimes they get shocked by what they see and there’s a delay.

“But in this case absolutely not. He (Marriner) was first class, as were the other players, both on our side and Newcastle players.

“They were very quick to realise a fellow professional was in quite serious trouble and wanted assistance onto the pitch as quickly as possible.

“All those things combined were excellent and, once the medics got to Glenn, these are the sort of incidents they train for.

“They did everything they could to get the situation under control, stabilise Glenn’s condition and make sure at the point he was moved he was in the proper condition to be moved, with a neck brace in place.

“Then I think the praise switches to the paramedics on the scene, Newcastle’s operational management which was excellent, to have the ambulance in exactly the right position at exactly the right time.

“And then, within half-an-hour of the incident, Glenn had his scan. Full credit to the hospital and staff for the thoroughly professional way in which they managed the incident and also the speed with which they treated our player.

“We would like to pay tribute to the staff there and thank them, as Glenn did, for their professionalism and hard work. Sometimes their work goes unnoticed and it’s very easy to forget that a whole team of people, in addition to our staff, helped Glenn on Saturday.

“We’ve also sent a letter of thanks to Newcastle. Their staff behind the scenes helped us because Glenn’s family were all in the stadium, his wife, his kids, his mum and dad.”So we had to manage communication with them and get them to the hospital as well.

“Newcastle couldn’t have been more helpful or supportive. So all-round we were delighted that Glenn’s okay, as was Newcastle’s player involved in the incident, but also very grateful for the support and co-operation we received from everybody up in the north-east who were magnificent.

The Newcastle crowd were fantastic, very supporting, a very decent human-being reaction.

“They were a bit harsh on the stretcher-bearers but we understand why, because it looks like they are not rushing.

“They are actually not allowed to run. The last thing you want is for a stretcher-bearer to fall over.

“Their job is to get there as quickly as they can but as efficiently as they can and, when they get to the patient, if they have been running their heartrate and adrenaline levels are going to be a lot higher and decision-making is more difficult.

“They are trained to get on the pitch as quickly as they can but not sprinting. The most important thing is the most senior medics in the ground (Lewis and Brett) were with the player, in 11 seconds in this case.”

  • Wor Lass

    It`s good of him to say those things and it`s good that the lad`s OK but you would hope that it would have gone exactly like that in any ground in the country in this day and age. I suppose emergency medical care is one area that Fatty can`t downgrade, thankfully.

  • mentalman

    I thought there was a total over reaction by some of the players about the st johns ambulance volunteers getting to Murray. What were they expecting them to do that doctors and physios couldn’t, apart from carry him off which the doctor wouldn’t let them do until he was stable enough to be moved anyway

    • Salty

      Yes it was pretty embarrassing especially when our players took over the stretcher. Did they expect to just throw the player on there and run him back down the tunnel??

      • JEz_Brizzle

        Agree, but trying to view it from their side, it must be pretty distressing to do all the training hours, play under the pressure etc etc, and then see your fellow competitor in that situation. Head goes out of the window for some people in that sitaution. Bit like some people out on the lash on a friday night !

    • Gallowgate Dave

      I turned and said the exact same thing at the time to my mate at the match. The doctors and physios were in control of what was clearly a potentially serious situation and the volunteers did exactly what they were told to do, i.e not run. I’ve heard of the magic sponge, now we can add magic stretcher to the list! After the players dragged the stretcher bearers along theatrically and the crowd had a gan at them the stretcher was then just placed on the ground while the docs and physios continued to help Murray. Mob mentality.

  • joppadoni

    You can’t swallow your tongue.

    • BigHairyDog

      A lot of people swallow Ashleys lies.

      • Carverlier football

        The Moscow monk may have swallowed something else of his…

        • joppadoni


      • joppadoni

        They do Indeed.

    • Derek Osborne

      quite right it is impossible

  • Tino o

    Ps thanks for the easy 3points

    • Dave NuFc Hays

      Easy 3 points? lmfao you got lucky and WILL get relegated Newcastle wont you had ONE shot on target and that was a deflected goal you got MOLESTED the whole game LMFAO

      • Tino o


      • JEz_Brizzle

        I guess we were the dirty perverts doing the molesting, but couldn’t even find the knicker drawer!

  • BigHairyDog

    A multi million pound sport and the first aid and stretcher bearers are still volunteers, it was clear there was a total breakdown in communications between the referee and his 4th official, who should’ve told the St John’s Ambulance volunteers of the urgency.

    But Brighton don’t want to criticise the man who gifted them the points through incompetence and bias.

    • JEz_Brizzle

      Concur about volunteer first aid and stretcher people, but I think the clear point here is that the stretcher is not the thing needed urgently… it is the medics, and they were there attending in a claimed 11 seconds. The ref had done his job. He had the medics on.
      I’m sure it would be the medic who calls for the stretcher, else they would be coming on automatically. One assumes the medics have what they needed to assess the situation.
      It’s easy to point the finger at the ref, especially when you think he get things wrong against us. BUT I seem to recall MOTD pointing out that it was the linesman who should have spotted it, not the ref.