Family’s tributes to much loved match official

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 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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