Tragedy at football match

Stephen Connor of Plough FC, Chorley
Stephen Connor of Plough FC, Chorley

A Sunday league footballer has died after collapsing during a game.

Stephen Connor, 30, known as Dingle, was playing in midfield yesterday morning for Plough FC against the Half Way House team, in the Chorley Nissan Sunday League.

Derek Heighway, league secretary, said: “Apparently he complained about feeling dizzy on the pitch, then he’s collapsed.

“Two lads playing for Half Way House were fully trained first aiders, and they worked tirelessly on him, giving him CPR and using a defibrillator.

“An air ambulance was called, and then I heard that he’d had passed away.

“It’s absolutely terrible, a real tragedy, and he’s only recently got married.”

He added: “He’d played Sunday League for a long time and was well known. He was a nice lad too.”

A spokesman for the North West Air Ambulance said that the charity received an emergency call at 11.05am and transported Mr Connor to the Royal Preston Hospital.

Mr Connor had played eight times this season for Plough FC, scoring two goals and being awarded Man of the Match for the game against Springfield FC on October 20.