A rugby player died on the pitch in the middle of a match - despite his team mates valiant efforts to revive him.
Father-of-five Terry Parsons who was 48, was playing for Newton Aycliffe RUFC at an away game in Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday (SEPT 24) when he collapsed during the first half.
He was airlifted to hospital but was unable to be revived.
In a tribute to the "popular" dad, his club offered its gratitude to Aycliffe's Paul Ryans and Houghton RUFC's Gareth Hockey for their attempts to resuscitate him.
Dozens of people last night paid their own tributes to Mr Parsons, who played loose-head prop for Aycliffe and had been involved with the club since about 1996.
Mr Parsons, who was married to wife Alison Parsons, was airlifted to Sunderland Royal Hospital but was able to be saved.