“When she saw me laid out on the pitch with my eyes open, she had feared the worst,” says Chris Blogg, the 63-year-old English umpire recalling his near fatal heart attack earlier this season in a Men’s Conference Midlands match, one where his wife was working at the same fixture. Now, over two months into his recovery, he tells The Hockey Paper: “Julie said she didn’t need a Christmas present this year as I’m still here.”
It had been a routine Saturday for Blogg. This time he had his wife for company as she had also been appointed as a pitchside match official for City of Peterborough HC’s hosting of Barford Tigers.
The Teeside couple had stopped for coffee, a light breakfast and arrived some 90 minutes before the match.
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