Gabrielle Watson will never forget the moment she spotted a man lying unconscious in the crowd at St James' Park on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Newcastle United steward feared the worst as supporters shouted for medical help and doctors rushed to save the fan who had collapsed.

Despite her shock, Gabrielle acted immediately and encouraged the referee to stop the Newcastle vs Spurs match in the 41st minute to allow the man to get emergency help.

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Gabrielle, from Killingworth, said: "I've never at the age of 19 seen anything like that, it was a huge shock.

"I remember turning round and seeing the man lying down on the chairs and another man starting CPR. I knew straight away this wasn't good and I had to shout for help.

"I was shouting over the pitch 'Stop the game!' and a Tottenham player then looked at me and I did a hand signal of CPR and that's when the player told the referee to stop."

Gabrielle helped to control crowds in the East End stand, where the incident happened, as well as ensure the man received appropriate medical help.

She alerted St John's Ambulance to the incident who responded quickly with a defibrillator.

Gabrielle Watson, 19, acted immediately and encouraged the referee to stop the Newcastle vs Spurs match in the 41st minute when a fan collapsed in the stand
Gabrielle Watson, 19, acted immediately and encouraged the referee to stop the Newcastle vs Spurs match in the 41st minute when a fan collapsed in the stand

She added that she was able to get a stretcher to the man to help him out of the stand thanks to Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles who asked her if he could help.

Following the incident, Gabrielle is looking to give her thanks to the player in person.

Newcastle fan and A&E doctor, Tom Prichard, who was in the Gallowgate East corner of the stadium, immediately responded by rushing over to administer CPR.

Newcastle United confirmed the fan was rushed to hospital and was in a "stable" condition.

Gabrielle, who was in A&E due to a kidney infection on the morning of her shift and almost didn't attend work, hopes to use her experience to prompt the installation of more defibrillators.

She is now campaigning for a defibrillator to be installed at every stand in St James' Park.

Gabrielle said: "That man survived because he was able to get help from doctors and a defibrillator so quickly.

"It makes you realise how important defibrillators are and that anyone could need one at any time, regardless of their age."

She added: "When Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch [during Euro 2020] he was fit and healthy.

"But what happened to him highlights how important it is to have more access to defibrillators. They're lifesaving."

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