We are saddened to report that a playing member at St Francis HC in Sussex passed away on the field of play last month.

David Murphy, a former captain at Richmond, died on March 14 on the hockey pitch after a suspected heart attack after collapsing on the pitch against Brighton 6th XI.

According to Brighton HC, David was playing for St Francis 2s in a Sussex League Division Three fixture when he collapsed. Brighton player Tom Doolan was among those who attempted to revive him by administering CPR.

All subsequent matches were cancelled involving Mid Sussex HC.

Sue Perry, a member of the Sussex Hockey Association, said: “There are some people who need to be sincerely thanked who rose to the occasion with CPR and organising all the people around.

“I do not know who they are but they are the unsung heroes of the occasion and I am sure that we, as the Sussex hockey family, are thankful of these wonderful people who stepped up and in to help.”

Richmond HC said: “He will be known to many of you of a certain vintage and we pass on our condolences to his family and friends.”