FOOTBALLER Ryan Colclough’s part in Wigan Athletic’s 3-0 win on Tuesday ended when he was substituted in the nick of time to get to the birth of his son.
He scored twice and enjoyed a “perfect hat-trick” when he raced to the birth – in full Latics kit – to see second son Harley Thomas make an entrance at 8lbs 6oz. Both mother and baby “are doing very well”.
The winger later said he was “overwhelmed” with his great night “both on and off then pitch”.
He admitted he had not been too worried going into the match with Doncaster as a scan earlier in the day indicated the birth would be in “a couple of days”.
However, just before he scored the first of his brace, his father indicated his partner had gone into labour and when he was subbed he was “straight down the tunnel…and got to the hospital as quickly as I could”.