Former Worksop Town keeper lucky to be alive after workplace accident

Jon Stewart.Jon Stewart.
Jon Stewart.
A footballer who played for Worksop Town is lucky to be alive after an accident at work.

Jon Stewart, who was Worksop’s keeper during the 2013-2014 season, has been speaking on social media about his harrowing ordeal.

He said: “I was at work and on a windy and rainy day I was electrocuted as 11,000 volts went through my body.

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“The doctors said they couldn’t believe I was still here, nor could my family.

“I was in hospital for just under a week and had to take things easy for a good while after that.”

The accident happened in February, seven months after Jon, 31, signed for Matlock Town from Gainsborough Trinity.

Posting on his club’s Twitter feed, Jo n s aid: “The club stood by me from day one which I’ll never forget.”

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He’s currently out of action, after sustaining a knee injury during a friendly match against Sheffield FC at the start of September.

Matlock’s manager, Paul Phillips, predicts Jon could be out of the game for up to ten weeks.

Paul said: “He’s the best goalkeeper in the league, we missed him for a long time last season with what happened to him, he’s come back but now he’s picked up this injury.”

Enforced rest will give Jon the chance to spend time with his newborn son.

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In November last year the goalkeeper was banned from playing for a month after breaching FA betting rules. Three months of the sentence were suspended for two years from December 21, 2019. The hearing at Wembley heard that the keeper was unaware that he was contravening any rules by placing very minor amounts on matches across many footballing countries between October 2015 and April 2019 and that he had closed his account. No bets were placed du ring his time with Matlock.

Two months later Jon and fellow Gladiators were left devastated by the death of team member Jordan Sinnott who was assaulted on a night out in Retford. Jordan’s two attackers were jailed for manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court in July.

Experienced keeper Jon started playing football at senior level in Weymouth in 2007. He has made four first-team appearances for Bournemouth in a career which has included spells at Alfreton Town.