Amateur footballer dies on pitch in Rudston

Amateur footballer dies on pitch in Rudston

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James Moorfoot was playing football in Rudston, East Yorkshire

A footballer has died while playing in a match in East Yorkshire.

James Moorfoot had been playing for Langtoft AFC on a pitch in Rudston, near Driffield, when he collapsed at about 15:30 GMT on Saturday.

The air ambulance was called but Mr Moorfoot died at the scene.

Officials at the amateur club said they were “numb with grief” but said the player died “doing what he loved, in the village he loved, surrounded by the people who loved him”.

The Hull Daily Mail is reporting Mr Moorfoot was an English teacher at Hornsea School and Language College.

‘Contagious energy’

In a statement Langtoft AFC said: “We are currently trying to come to terms with the tragic and sudden passing of James Moorfoot.

“We are numb with grief. James had a contagious energy and humour which lit up a room and will be dearly missed by so many.

“We can seek the smallest solace in the fact that James passed away doing what he loved, in the village he loved, surrounded by people who loved him.”

Club officials said they could not “thank enough” the emergency services and Hedon Rangers players “who worked so bravely to save James”.

The statement added: “At this time all of our thoughts are with James’s family.

“Everyone associated with Langtoft Football Club, past and present, sends their love and condolences at this difficult time.”

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said a number of paramedics and the air ambulance were called to the ground.

A spokeswoman said: “Despite everyone’s efforts the patient sadly died at the scene.”

Source: BBC – UK News

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