Tributes paid to 48-year-old rugby playing Dad who died on the pitch

Father-of-five Terry Parsons who died playing rugby Credit: Family photos

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.

Terry collapsed during Newton Aycliffe Newtonians' match against Houghton RFC 2nds on Saturday.

He was quickly treated on the field by a paramedic and the emergency services. Unfortunately he was unable to be revived.

The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to Terry's family, friends and team mates at this very difficult time for everyone.

We would also like to thank those who were on hand for their support and assistance on Saturday. Aycliffe’s Paul Ryans and Houghton's Gareth Hockey tried to revive Terry before the emergency services arrived. Darryl Pettit, Aiden Ryans and Stuart McLean provided great assistance to Terry's family both on Saturday and Sunday during a terrible time.

Newton Aycliffe Rugby Club will be forever grateful for Houghton Rugby Club's support and respect in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

We have lost a very popular member of Newton Aycliffe Rugby Club who will be forever missed.

– Club statement