Newcastle have revealed the fan who collapsed during their game with Tottenham on Sunday is "making great progress" and is "fully alert".

The Premier League fixture was brought to a holt when Alan George Smith, 80, suffered a suspected cardiac arrest at St James' Park.

Mr Smith's son, Paul, told Newcastle's website: "We are pleased to advise that Alan is making great progress, is now fully alert and is up and walking about.

"He will remain in hospital over the next few days while further tests are carried out.

"He and our family would like to say thank you to his friend, Don Williamson, who was with him at the time and alerted everyone to his condition.

Newcastle fan Alan George Smith is recovering after collapsing during the game against Tottenham (



"We would also like to thank and pay tribute to the doctors and nurses who administered CPR, the paramedics from North East Ambulance Service, St John's Ambulance, fans and stewards at the scene, as well the medical staff at the RVI and Freeman Hospital. We will be forever grateful.

"We would also like to say thank you to all of the people who have wished Alan well on social media and the players and staff of both Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, especially Jamaal Lascelles who has sent a personal message. It meant so much to Alan.

"He is looking forward to getting back to St. James' Park as soon as possible."

Mr Smith's medical emergency happened in the 40th minute and the game was brought to a halt when referee Andre Marriner was alerted by Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon.

The Tottenham pair were jointly named Man of the Match by Sky Sports for reacting quickly to the situation, which potentially saved the supporter's life.

Newcastle fan Dr Tom Pritchard was also hailed as a "hero" after administering a defibrillator to restart Mr Smith's heart alongside a team of medics.

Recalling the incident, Reguilon said: "I heard the fans say 'stop, stop'... I said, 'Look at the guy he’s lying down, he’s no good, please stop the game.'

"I saw one guy lying down and one man like this [making CPR gestures]. I was nervous. I went to the referee and said, 'We cannot play, stop the match'... That’s more important."

England captain Harry Kane added: "First and foremost best wishes to the guy in the stands.

"Obviously not a good sight to see but we hear that he might be stable now, so we’re thankful to the emergency teams and the fans who were doing CPR.

"Hopefully he’s okay and we wish him all the best from Tottenham.

"I think from our point of view, we know there are defibs on the side of the bench. Obviously we don’t know if they have that in the stands.

"I think Eric went over just to ask if they’ve got one. It was devastating to see, we wish him all the best."

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