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A night to remember! Wigan striker scores twice before rushing to hospital for birth of his son

Ryan Colclough was substituted at half-time and arrived just in time.

IT WAS A night to remember for Wigan striker Ryan Colclough as he scored a quickfire brace in his side’s victory over Doncaster before rushing to hospital for the birth of his second son.

The 22-year-old had already found the net before half-time to put the hosts 2-0 up at the DW Stadium before learning his partner had gone into labour during the interval.

He returned for the second half to score his third goal of the season, but was substituted three minutes later by manager Paul Cook and was later pictured in hospital — still in full kit — holding his newborn son.

“At half-time we got the message that his missus’ waters had broken, his second child,” Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson explained.

“As soon as he got his second goal he was off the pitch, because his head was somewhere else. We’re all men, we’re all individuals — some of the players wouldn’t have gone, they’d be still in the dressing room now.

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“Others want to get straight out to support their partner, and you respect every individual in what they want to do.”

Colclough later took to Twitter to say: “What a great result and team effort from all the boys. I’m so happy to mark the birth of my second son with two goals and the win he made it a hat-trick for me! Appreciate the messages.”

It was a good night all round for Wigan as victory moves them within a point of League One leaders Shrewsbury.

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