Oldham fan Melvin Kenyon, whose life was saved after he collapsed while watching his team play Chesterfield at the Proact in 2015, will return to the Proact for today's game.
Melvin suffered a cardiac arrest during the game and he was given CPR before being taken to hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma before thankfully making a full recovery.
Fellow Latics fan Kenny Hopwood, who is an ambulance technician, went to Melvin's aid that fateful day. He recalled: “A friend of mine, Paul Henry, who I was stood with, looked over and Melvin was still sat in his seat. Paul just tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘That gentlemen doesn't look very well.’
“I went over, followed by one of the St John’s Ambulance crew and realised quite quickly that he was in cardiac arrest, so I ended up working on him.”
Kenny, together with St John's volunteers, the club doctor, stewards and another off-duty Oldham fan all worked to save Melvin's life.
Melvin’s near-death experience inspired Chesterfield to help launch a world record attempt to deliver the largest first aid lesson. The record was broken last May with 1,795 people on the Proact pitch, all of whom learned essential lifesaving skills.
The record was broken due to the efforts of the Community Save a Life Scheme, Bolsover District Council and the British Heart Foundation. The participants learned many of the skills that would have been used by Kenny and others that day.
“Football takes a step back during this kind of event, it doesn't matter whether it is a fellow supporter of your own team or somebody else’s,” Kenny added.
“We have kept in contact ever since and he is travelling with me to MK Dons on Tuesday. I had never met him before, up until him coming out of hospital. I could not have told you his name or what he looked like.”