Brentford defender Harlee Dean and team doctor Matt Stride help young fan injured in car accident outside Griffin Park

Brentford defender Harlee Dean and team doctor Matt Stride help young fan injured in car accident outside Griffin Park A young football fan was hit by a car outside Griffin Park on SaturdayHe was struck just after Brentford's game against Nottingham ForestBees defender Harlee Dean went and got team doctor Matt Stride to helpStride stayed with the boy, Ted Starkey, until an ambulance arrived 

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Brentford defender Harlee Dean and team doctor Matt Stride rushed to the aid of a young fan struck by a car outside Griffin Park following Saturday's match with Nottingham Forest.

Dean was leaving the ground on foot shortly before 5.30pm when he witnessed the eight-year-old fan - Ted Starkey - hit and 'thrown 15ft onto the pavement' opposite the Princess Royal pub on the corner of Braemar Road and Ealing Road.

He sprinted back to the home dressing room at the ground to summon Dr Stride, who looked after the boy and assisted ambulance paramedics with checks. 

Brentford defender Harlee Dean plays a pass during the 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday

Brentford defender Harlee Dean plays a pass during the 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday

Ted had to be cut out of his new Brentford away kit and was checked for spine and neck injuries before being taken to West Middlesex hospital.

The young Brentford season-ticket holder is now home and despite a few aches and bruises to his back is expected to make a full recovery.

Dr Stride said it was 'bordering on miraculous' that Ted didn't suffer more serious injuries after being hit by the car, which was travelling somewhere between 20 and 30mph. 

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Dean told Sportsmail: 'I was just walking home as that is my route and saw a few fans outside the pub. Suddenly there was a screech and then a bang, following by the sound of the kid crying.

'I saw the child on the floor and immediately sprinted back to the ground. The Forest team were just boarding their coach and I shouted 'is there a doctor on board?' But they didn't travel with one.

'So I ran back into the changing room and got our doctor, Matt, who ran back with me and attended to him.

'Luckily, the ambulance was just pulling up and there were lots of police around. I just wanted to check he was ok but I hear he's now out of hospital and is hopefully coming to the training ground soon.' 

Brentford's Sergi Canos (centre) scores his side's first goal in the 2-1 win at Griffin Park on Saturday

Brentford's Sergi Canos (centre) scores his side's first goal in the 2-1 win at Griffin Park on Saturday

During the match, Dean was shown a red card after a scuffle with Forest's Jonathan Williams, but Brentford went on to win the match 2-1 thanks to a goal by Philipp Hofmann in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Dean added: 'It was an eventful afternoon. This took my mind of my problems, there are more important things than football matches.'

Ted's father Richard said: 'Ted had just turned eight on Monday 16 and he is a season ticket holder at Griffin Park, attending most games.

'After the last-minute winner, we were all a bit excited. We'd just been into the club shop and Ted had managed to get a picture with Ryan Woods, who was walking past. Ted plays midfield for his team and so Ryan is one of his favourite players.

Nottingham Forest's Ryan Mendes de Graca (left) competes for the ball with Brentford's Nico Yennaris 

Nottingham Forest's Ryan Mendes de Graca (left) competes for the ball with Brentford's Nico Yennaris 

'He must have only been a couple of steps in front of me but he ran into the road. It happened in slow motion. I thought the car was going to stop, I was shouting but he went up onto the bonnet and was thrown 15ft onto the pavement on the other side.

'Thankfully the police and ambulance were nearby and the paramedics put blocks around his head and neck to stabilise him before we were taken to West Middlesex hospital.'

Mr Starkey added: 'His muscles bore the brunt of it but there were no broken bones. He is getting about but the movement is strained. He's achy and there's a graze on his lower back.

'The club have been brilliant. Ted had just got the new away kit for his birthday but that had to be cut off. Peter Gilham [player welfare manager] has been in touch to say the club will replace the kit, while Mark Devlin, the chief executive, has invited Ted to be a mascot at a future game.

'The players have also asked him to come down and meet them at the training ground.'

Dr Stride told Sportsmail: 'Harlee came in saying he'd seen him lying on the pavement and we ran back. Fortunately the ambulance was passing but the scene was a bit chaotic.

'The training kicked in and we supported the head, neck and spine before beginning the assessments. He was great kid, he was responding which is always a good sign. Ted was very articulate and intelligent - a real credit.

Brentford's Alan Judge (left) vies for the ball with Forest's Jonathan Williams during Saturday's game 

Brentford's Alan Judge (left) vies for the ball with Forest's Jonathan Williams during Saturday's game 

'It's bordering on miraculous to fly 15ft and hit the pavement like that and walk away afterwards.'

The driver of the car gave a statement to police but was not detained.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: 'A car hit a child pedestrian on the corner of Braemar Road and Ealing Road near to Brentford's ground on Saturday at 5.27pm. The child was taken to a west London hospital for treatment. No arrest was made.' 

 

 

 

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