An English footballer scored 2 goals then ran off the pitch because his wife was giving birth

Getty ImagesRyan Colclough.
  • Wigan Athletic striker Ryan Colclough scored twice in his club’s 3-0 victory over Doncaster on Tuesday.
  • Colclough ran off the pitch in the 60th minute and rushed to hospital to witness his wife give birth to his son.
  • Wigan chairman David Sharpe posted a photograph of Colclough holding his newborn baby – and he was still in his full Wigan football kit.

An English footballer scored two goals in a League One match, then ran off the pitch in the 60th minute to get to the hospital in time to witness the birth of his son.

Wigan Athletic striker Ryan Colclough produced his best performance of the season in his club’s 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday.

Wigan gained a 1-0 advantage in the 40th minute when Joe Wright scored an own goal. The team then doubled its lead through Colclough just before the half-time break.

In the 58th minute, the 22-year-old scored his second goal of the game. Then, just two minutes later, he was substituted.

But rather than take his seat on the bench and watch the rest of the game, Cloclough ran down the tunnel and rushed straight to hospital to witness a crucial life milestone – the birth of his son.

What’s more, he didn’t have time to change. As the photograph below demonstrates, the first time he met his baby, Cloclough was still in his club colours – including his football socks.

It was Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe who posted the photograph on Twitter, along with his congratulations.

The remarkable news quickly swept through social media and caught the attention of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League.

Kane joked that he would have refused to come off until he had scored a third.

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