A RESPECTED St Helens football club secretary died after collapsing while running the line at a game.
Popular Prescot Leisure FC secretary David Hughes, 65, suffered a heart attack 80 minutes into a reserve team game against Sidac Social on the Tuesday evening last week.
Tragically, there was nothing medics could do to save him.
Long-time friend Roy Thwaite, the club’s treasurer, told how David’s “infectious enthusiasm” for football rubbed off on everyone at the club.
The St Helens Combination stalwart, of Clover Hey, Haresfinch, who would have been 66 last Friday, was known throughout the game as “Doc” – a nickname passed from generation to generation from his father.
Roy Thwaite told the Reporter: “I had been with David on the day it happened but had gone on to a meeting which he was due to attend later that night. The last time I saw him he was running the line – he always offered to take the flag.
“I’m told that he collapsed on the touchline with about 10 minutes of the game to go. It was totally out of the blue.”
David, an Evertonian who was crowned secretary of the year at the end of the 2009/10 season after Prescot Leisure’s first XI were crowned Premier League champions, had been involved in local football circles since the 1960s.
A talented full-back for both SC Rainhill and the British Soldier pub team in his day, he retained a love of the game after hanging up his boots and became secretary of Prescot Leisure FC in 1986.
David also doted on his nieces and nephews, one of whom, Neil, now plays for his beloved Prescot team.
A minute’s silence was held in David’s honour prior to the Prescot Leisure reserves’ emotional extra time win in the Tom Worral cup final on Saturday.
Roy added: “David was a very outgoing person who had hundreds of friends. His enthusiasm for football was infectious.
“It’s a massive loss.”
The funeral of David Hughes is set to take place at Prescot Methodist Church in Atherton Street at 1.30pm on Monday.