BARNSLEY Football Club have this evening issued the following statement on their club website.
"Long-serving Barnsley Football Club volunteer Stephen Croft was airlifted to Sheffield Northern General today, after suffering a cardiac arrest just prior to kick-off against Burton Albion.
"A popular member of the match day staff at the club, Stephen is exceptionally well thought of and today’s news has devastated the staff, as well as the community of Barnsley.
"We would like to place on record our sincerest thanks to everyone connected to Burton Albion FC for their help and swift action in assisting Stephen during the incident.
"Stephen’s family have sent the following statement:
"The family of Stephen Croft would like to sincerely thank the Burton players and both clubs officials for their rapid response to Stephen’s collapse just before today’s game. He is now stable but in a poorly condition in Hospital, at Sheffield Northern General. Without their rapid response, he would not be here now.
"The family would like to thank both sets of fans for their dignity and understanding. This sort of incident brings out the best in people and that can be seen today in the stands and on the pitch at Oakwell. They are a credit to both teams.
"The family are humbled by the messages of support already received.
"It goes without saying we can all be proud of our ambulance services including the air ambulance, who we all couldn’t thank enough.
"Stephen remains in a serious condition. Barnsley Football Club will update supporters when appropriate."