There are memorable days, then there is the one Ryan Colclough enjoyed Tuesday. The British soccer player scored two goals in a game, then rushed off the field before the contest was over to attend the birth of his son.
Oh, and Colclough didn’t have time to take off his uniform — which only added to the movie-like feel of the sequence.
The 22-year-old Colclough plays for Wigan Athletic F.C., which competes in League One, two rungs below the English Premier League. According to Wigan Today, he scored a goal in the first half against Doncaster before being told at halftime that his wife’s water had broken.
Colclough stayed in the game just long enough to score his second, cementing his team’s 3-0 victory, then was pulled in the 55th minute so that he could hurry to his wife’s side.
“As soon as the second goal he was off the pitch, because his head was somewhere else,” Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson told the newspaper. “We’re all men, we’re all individuals. . . . some of the players wouldn’t have gone . . . they’d be still in the dressing room now!
“Others want to get straight out to support their partner, and you respect every individual in what they want to do. Obviously we all wish him and his family well, and we hope everything is okay.”
After one of his goals, Colclough celebrated by pretending to cradle a baby in his arms. “I’m so happy to mark the birth of my second son with two goals and the win he made it a hat-trick for me!” he said on Twitter.
(H/T For the Win)
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