Heart attack survivor Sean Doyle threw the script away as he urged Town fans to back the drive to save Huddersfield’s A&E service.
The 48-year-old laid his feelings on the line as he addressed those watching Town play Cardiff at half-time on Saturday.
“It could have got emotional, but I managed to hold it together,” said Sean, who says Huddersfield Royal’s threatened emergency department saved his life.
The marathon runner collapsed after a massive heart attack in 2013 and was rushed to HRI where staff saved him with a new electrically-powered chest compression system.
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Speaking after the match, Sean said: “I’m pretty hoarse today! I did three talks in all – before, during and after the match. I wasn’t really that nervous. I did have a script but threw it away and spoke as I felt.
“I had to get across the main points but my story was secondary. And I must have done something right because people have been coming up to me to shake my hand or pat me on the back and say how well I had done.
“I felt people were taking notice and that’s what matters. They clapped me on and off the pitch.
“I am here whenever the campaign to save the A&E unit needs me. If they want to roll me out that’s fine because I owe my life to that hospital.”
Health bosses want to switch full A&E provision to Calderdale Royal in Halifax as part of a scheme that would see the existing HRI demolished and a new hospital built across the road on the Acre Mills site.
Sean, a sales manager from Brockholes, says the move would put people throughout Huddersfield at risk. The father-of-two said: “They might have all the equipment at Halifax, but you would be dead before you got there.
“This is very close to my heart – literally.”
The plans have sparked massive opposition with thousands joining a Facebook page dedicated to saving the service and local MPs organising protest petitions.