Football referee airlifted to hospital after suffering heart attack

QUICK-ACTING officials and spectators came to the rescue of a football referee who collapsed while officiating at a game in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Jim Tomlinson suffered a heart attack 15 minutes into the Uttoxeter and District Sunday League fixture between AFC Ipstones and Tean Rangers.

 Tean Rangers official Luke Shaw said: “Through the fast acting of both clubs we managed to stabilise Jim with the aid of the village de-fib and calmness from the certified first aiders.

 “The paramedics and air ambulance took over and he was airlifted to hospital and ‘was in as good of a condition’ as he could be.”

  “I think situations like these underline the importance of having qualified first aiders and if there is a village de-fib there are people within sides that know exactly what to do in these situations.”

 Jim is in critical care in hospital.

Read more about this incident in this week’s Cheadle & Tean Times published today.