A RUGBY fan left with serious injuries after a hit-and-run received a special visitor while in hospital – Saints captain Paul Sculthorpe.
Alex Ingham, 23, was hit by a red BMW as he crossed Wallgate, Wigan, on his way to the train station following the Saints-Wigan clash on Good Friday.
He suffered serious head injuries, a double fracture to his left leg and numerous cuts and grazes over his body.
Alex said: "It was a really nice surprise when Scully turned up at the hospital, he even brought a signed photo for me.
"We chatted for a few minutes and he was telling about how frustrated he is about being injured."
Mr Ingham is now back at home with his family at Lytham St Annes, near Blackpool.
He said: "My ribs are really sore still and doctors have told me that I could be in the cast for up to three months.
"I still can't get up unless my dad helps me, but I'm going to make a full recovery in time. I still can't remember much about the accident, it's all a bit of a blur."
Mr Ingham, a database administrator for British Telecom, became a Saints fan after attending several games with friends.
He said: "I've got no connections in my own family to St Helens, but I just love going to watch Saints play."
Mr Ingham had been to the Swan and Railway pub in Wallgate for a drink with friend Jon Howorth after watching Saints lose Good Friday's pulsating derby match.
The car, believed to be a red BMW, failed to stop and sped off before anyone could get its registration number.
lPolice are appealing to anyone who may have seen the collision, or who may have seen a similar vehicle in the area at the time, to contact the Area 1 Road Policing Unit on 0161 856 7273.
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