I'm so sad we couldn't save rugby player David Reid's life
THE teammate of a young rugby player who died after collapsing on the pitch in a match has told how he desperately tried to save the man's life.
David Reid was playing for Derby Rugby Club at its Darley Abbey ground when he suddenly fell ill.
Fellow player Keith Mason-Moore said the 31-year-old appeared to have a fit and then stopped breathing, before he and other players tried to resuscitate Mr Reid. Despite their efforts, the player, of Derby, was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital and later pronounced dead.
Club chairman Martyn Murney said his death was a "tragic loss".
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And Mr Reid's teammates said he "loved being part" of the club – and would always be the first to get his name on the team sheet.
Mr Mason-Moore, 56, said that, when Mr Reid collapsed, people rushed to help and they tried CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for about 15 to 20 minutes.
He said: "We just did what we were taught to do and what we were capable of doing. We were just doing whatever we could to help him."
Mr Mason-Moore said Mr Reid collapsed in the first half. He said: "There was a doctor on site who was trying to help him and, although he seemed in a bad way, he was still with us.
"The emergency services were called and, when I looked back, I could see they were trying to perform CPR and that it was quite serious.
"It was about three-quarters of an hour after the ambulance took him to the hospital we heard he hadn't made it – it was such an awful moment for the club because you just don't expect it to happen.
"Everyone had been wondering how he was and asking if he was OK, but, obviously, no-one knew – so the news was taken with great sadness."
For the past two seasons, Mr Reid has played for the club's fourth team.
This season, he has been part of its third team but, on Saturday, he was representing the veterans' side.
The home match, at Haslams Lane on Saturday, was between Derby Rugby Club's Veterans and Long Eaton Rugby Club's Second XV.
Tributes were also paid to Mr Reid by Neil Scott, the club's fourth team captain.
He said: "Dave played for me over the past couple of seasons.
"He had played for Derby when he was a little younger and had come back to us to start playing once more.
"Dave was a quiet guy but was always there and was the first guy ringing me to get his name on the team sheet. He loved the game and loved being part of the team.
"Dave also had quite a dry sense of humour and would often sit and listen to others having banter – and then drop a one-liner which would have everyone in stitches. He was a real, genuine bloke who will be sadly missed by the club and his teammates.
"My heart goes out to his wife and family during this difficult time."
Mr Reid's family were last night too upset to talk to the Derby Telegraph.
A spokeswoman for Derbyshire police said officers were called to the club at about 3.40pm, after reports a player had fallen ill on the pitch.
She said officers were later informed by the hospital of his death and a file was now being prepared for the coroner.