Veteran league honours Roger Evans

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THE CAMPAIGN to improve safety at grassroots football pitches - following the death of referee Roger Evans - received another boost today.

The 64-team, five division Wragg League said they would contribute cash towards a defibrillator, the machine that can help re-start the start after an attack.

Dronfield ref Evans, 59, died at the end of a game in Derbyshire in March.

Since then The Star, World Cup final ref Howard Webb and the Sheffield FA have joined forces to support the family’s wish for more lifesaving equipment. Now cash raised from tonight’s Sid Butterfield Memorial Trophy Final, at Parkgate, between High Green Packhorse and Ward Green Warriors, will go to that kitty.

Stuart Topham, General Secretary of the Over 35s league which has been in existence for 120 years, said: “We will raise some money from the game, but make up the difference from League funds. It seems that if you raise £500 there is a good chance that the same will come in a 50-50 deal with the British Heart Foundation and that will buy a defibrillator.

“Roger refereed in our league before going on to bigger things. We’re happy we could make this gesture and, possibly, some time in the future, go further than one donation.”

S&H FA chief executive James Hope Gill was delighted with the Wragg League’s decision to contribute and honour Evans’ memory.

You can donate through PayPal (see www.hides.force9.co.uk/rogerevans) or via ref.rog@hotmail.com. Cheques payable to R Evans to Alfred Dunham and Sons, 56 Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2LG.