Tragedy on pitch

PHIL Blurton was a man who lived for his family and his football.But today the much-loved referee who collapsed and died on the pitch during a match on Sunday as a result of a hidden heart condition is being mourned across Suffolk.

By Jessica Nicholls

PHIL Blurton was a man who lived for his family and his football.

But today the much-loved referee who collapsed and died on the pitch during a match on Sunday as a result of a hidden heart condition is being mourned across Suffolk.

Football was always his second love in life after his wife of 35 years Janet, and their three children Sian, 31, Sarah 28 and Dave 22.

The former Port of Felixstowe employee took up refereeing in 1988 when Dave started playing the game.

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