Ref’s fatal collapse

Colin Heeley

Colin Heeley

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Tributes have poured in for a much loved football referee who collapsed and died half an hour into a match.

Players and onlookers had rushed to the aid of 78-year-old Colin Heeley, a referee in the Heavy Woollen Sunday League, who fell ill after refereeing just 30 minutes of a Thornhill United game on Saturday.

The match was abandoned when Mr Heeley’s condition worsened and his pulse stopped. Players and spectators battled to save Mr Heeley, giving him CPR and mouth-to-mouth as they awaited the emergency services. He died of a heart attack.


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