Touching tribute to referee Roger

THE family and friends of a popular football referee Roger Evans who died just minutes after a match earlier this year have presented a piece of life-saving equipment to South Normanton Athletic Football Club.
THE family and friends of a popular football referee Roger Evans who died just minutes after a match earlier this year have presented a piece of life-saving equipment to South Normanton Athletic Football Club.
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The family and friends of a popular football referee who died just minutes after a match earlier this year have presented a piece of life-saving equipment to South Normanton Athletic Football Club.

Referee Roger Evans (59), from Dronfield, suffered a heart attack shortly after shaking hands with players and managers following a match between South Normanton Athletic Reserves and Borrowash Victoria Reserves at the Lees Lane ground on March 24.

He was given first aid at the scene and an air ambulance was called but sadly he died before he got to hospital.

Shortly after his death, Roger’s family decided to set up a fund to provide all the football clubs which Roger officiated with AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).

The machines can be used to treat someone quickly if they suffer a heart attack by administering an electric shock.

Roger’s family is also working with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Sheffield and Hallamshire FA to use this fund - which now stands at more than £9,000 - to provide defibrillators at grassroot football grounds.

Cardiac Science, which manufactures AEDs, has also provided a machine through St John Ambulance Regional Manager Fred Owen.

In a fitting tribute, Roger’s family decided to donate this defibrillator to South Normanton Athletic Football Club where he had officiated his final match. Roger’s wife Sue, along with family and friends, visited the football ground to present the defibrillator ahead of South Normanton Athletic’s home friendly against Belper Town.

A club spokesman said: “While the death of Roger Evans was desperately tragic and painful for his wife and everybody who knew him, the fund set up in his honour means football clubs at lower levels, who struggle to raise the finances, can now have access to vital medical equipment to save lives in the future.”