Football match halted as man dies of heart attack

The man was taken to St John's Hospital but later died. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The man was taken to St John's Hospital but later died. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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A JUNIOR football match was abandoned after a committee member collapsed with a suspected heart attack as he put out the half-time teas for the players.

Bonnyrigg Rose stalwart Craig Devine, 46, was rushed to St John’s Hospital in Livingston but died later. Today, club officials paid tribute to “a gentleman” who had been involved with the club for 20 years.

Chairman Charlie Kirkwood said: “We are all very low. Craig loved this club and was out longest-serving committee member. He was a lovely guy.”

The tragedy happened as Bonnyrigg Rose were playing Linlithgow Rose in an East of Scotland Super League match at Linlithgow.

The match was abandoned at 2-2 as a mark of respect.

Mr Devine is survived by his parents, a sister and two brothers.