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Tribute paid to Sunday player

Stephen Connor who has died

Stephen Connor who has died

Footballers on the Fylde coast showed their respects for a former colleague who collapsed and died during a game.

Stephen Connor, 30, known as Dingle, was playing in midfield during a Sunday league match when he felt dizzy before collapsing.

He was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital by the North West Air Ambulance but lost his fight for life.

Footballers playing in the Lancashire Sunday League, which includes numerous adult and youth sides from the Fylde coast, observed a minute’s silence before their games yesterday in honour of Mr Connor, who played for Plough FC in the Chorley Nissan Sunday League.

He collapsed during a game for Plough FC against the Halfway House on Sunday December 8.

Eamonn McNamara, president of the Lancashire Sunday League, invited players to honour Mr Connor with the minute’s silence.

Derek Heighway, secretary of the Chorley Sunday League, said: “Apparently he (Mr Connor) complained about feeling dizzy on the pitch, then he 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.”

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