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Hat-trick! Footballer legs it for baby’s birth

Wigan winger Ryan Colclough had an eventful match on Tuesday, scoring twice before rushing from pitch to hospital to meet his newborn son.

The 22-year-old footballer scored the second and third goals in Athletic's three – nil win against Doncaster, before being substituted so he could rush to his wife's side.

Congrats to Ryan Colclough who scored a brace tonight in our win before being substituted to make it in time to see the birth of his son! ?? pic.twitter.com/Efvjk9P3sw

— David Sharpe (@DavidSharpe91) November 21, 2017

Still in full kit, Colclough rushed down the tunnel at the DW Stadium in Manchester just minutes after scoring his second goal, leading some fans to wonder where he was off to in such a rush.

With fatherhood clearly on his mind, he had celebrated his double score with the well-known baby-cradling arm gesture.

After leaving the League One match, he made it to the hospital in time to see his second son come into the world.

After the birth, Colclough wrote on Twitter: "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! #UpTheTics".

The Latics' chairman David Sharpe posted a photo of Colclough holding his newborn while wearing his full Wigan kit.

In a caption, Sharpe wrote: "Congrats to Ryan Colclough who scored a brace tonight in our win before being substituted to make it in time to see the birth of his son!"

Explaining Colclough's eagerness to get to the hospital, Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson said: "At half-time we got the message that his missus' waters had broken, his second child.

"As soon as the 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."

Mother and baby are understood to be doing well following the birth at Warrington Hospital.

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