Billington now taking slow steps to recovery

ROAD TO RECOVERY: Craig Billington
ROAD TO RECOVERY: Craig Billington

BRIGHOUSE Town Development team striker Craig Billington, carried off at Spennymoor Town last Tuesday night and taken by ambulance to Durham Teaching Hospital, is making steady progress now back at home in Halifax.

Under the Syncope Clinic at Calderdale Hospital, Halifax, and his local GP, Billington, 25, even took his first few steps to the family-run The Engine Room coffee shop and eatery at the Dean Clough complex on Monday, but said he felt tired and slightly dizzy afterwards.

“I was kept in until Thursday and then transferred to be nearer home and under the care of this clinic that specialise in head injuries and falls,” said Billington, who is also coach of Town’s Ladies Development team.

“On the pitch at Spennymoor I had been fine until I came over all dizzy and my vision was blurred. I had played OK and had no problems for 40 minutes – that being the time they told me I keeled over. I completely blacked out.

“When I came round I was on my way to hospital. They kept me in overnight and then all day Wednesday doing tests.”

His wife Beth was kept fully in the picture as she looked after their three-year-old son Oliver and baby daughter Pippa. The 6ft 2ins front man, who this season has been out on loan at NCEL Premier Division Nostell Miners Welfare, doesn’t know when he will be able to put his boots on again.

“I am in the hands of the medics while all the tests are still on going, and for now I just want to get right again and both enjoy my work and the family,” he added.