Teenage footballer hit by heart attack

A TEENAGE boy who has starred for football teams in Hucknall and Bulwell nearly died after a shock heart-attack.

Now a series of fundraising events has been lined up as he continues the long road to recovery

Glyn Raven (15) plays in goal for Bulwell Rangers Under-15s in the Notts Youth League. He used to play for Hucknall Sports.

He has been fighting for his life in Glenfield Hospital at Leicester since mid-December and spent Christmas there.

His father, Sean (29), said Glyn was rushed into the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham after he became dizzy.

He was then transferred to Glenfield, which specialises in heart problems.

Said Sean: “Glyn suffered serious complications after the heart attack. It was touch and go with him for some time and his weight dropped to about six stone.

“But he is now quite a lot better and is walking around in the hospital.”

Glyn, who lives on Nottingham’s Strelley Estate, suffers from a long-standing heart condition. But this has not prevented him from playing football, a sport he loves.

After playing for Sports’ youth sides, he joined Rangers at the start of this season.

Rangers are planning to raise money through charity events for the British Heart Foundation or the ward where Glyn is being treated.

The first is a match between the under-15s and a team of parents on the former Henry Mellish School playing field, off Highbury Road, Bulwell, this Sunday, with the kick-off at lunchtime.

A charity night at Bestwood Road Sports and Social Club, Bulwell, including an auction of donated items, is also proposed.

Rangers’ publicity officer, Melvin Hornbuckle, said: “Glyn is a nice person. He is polite and respectful and he always gives 100% as a goalkeeper.

“I always give him a good rating in match reports I send to the Dispatch because he earns it with courageous acrobatics and nerves of steel.

“I can recall him twice getting knocks on the chest in one-on-ones but he just rubbed himself down and got on with it. He has earned the respect of his team-mates. He is a great lad and I would be proud if he was my own son.”

The Rangers under-15s’ manager, Keith Dunn, said: “We want to give Glyn and his family all the support we can.”

Hucknall Sports secretary Alwyn Sears works with Sean for Nottingham firm Reckitt And Benckiser Healthcare.

“Glyn was with us for two seasoons and he played at centre-half,” said Alwyn. “I found him to be a lovely lad, well-mannered and polite. He was one of our better players and he got on well with everyone else.

“I was aware of his heart condition but Sean told me that doctors had recommended him to take regular exercise because this would be good for him.”