LOCAL FOOTBALL: Howard Webb to help refs campaign

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SHEFFIELD’S referees, along with Howard Webb, will hope to make a big contribution this week towards the campaign to provide defibrillators for local football.

It was the death, from a heart attack after officiating in a game, of Sheffield Refeeres Association chairman Roger Evans last month that led to his family spearheading a campaign to provide the life-saving machines for use within the non-league game. S and H FA and this newspaper are backing the campaign.

On Thursday, the Association will use one of their monthly meetings to help raise funds and special guest speaker is Howard Webb.

“We shall be having a special draw and the intention is to raise enough to buy at least one defibrillator and, hopefully more, because our members are determined to do their bit,” said Sheffield and District RA secretary Ian Dyson.

Venue is the Carlton Club, Gleadless (7.15) and is open not just to RA members but to the public as well.