A PROUD dad died from a heart attack after collapsing pitchside as he celebrated his son scoring a goal in a Sunday league football match.

Mark Wildsmith, 45, was cheering on Liam, 15, in the match between Hoyland Town Jaguars and Treeton Terriers at Elsecar Cricket Club on January 5. 

Best friend Mark Haran desperately tried to revive him by doing CPR and this kept him alive until an ambulance arrived - but he died later in hospital.

Although he had high blood pressure, Mark, of Burtop Croft, Hemingfield, was thought to be in generally good health.

Kirk Balk School pupil Liam told of the moment he knew something was wrong.

He said: "I'd just scored at the end of the game. I heard someone say 'Liam, your dad's ill' and I saw him on the floor and his best mate Mark was doing CPR.

"He did everything he could and that at least gave my dad a chance.

"He loved football but it came second if his family needed him. I've been playing in the Magpies since I was nine and he always went out of his way to come and see us."

Friends and family have flooded Mark's Facebook page with tributes, describing him as 'a lovely lad' and a 'very dear friend who will be sadly missed'.

Wife Diane, 45, said football and family had been Mark's life.

She added: "He was a lifelong Barnsley supporter - I remember being in labour and having to wait until he got back from a Barnsley match.

"But when we got married we had a pact saying we wouldn't force our kids to be fans one way or the other, so Liam is a Sheffield Wednesday fan.

"There was so much good banter between them about that."

Mark, born in Rotherham, grew up in Hoyland and had many friends there. Part of a big, close family - including two brothers, three godchildren and many nieces and nephews - he was a co-founder of the 'Hoyland Reds', a Barnsley FC supporters club.

Mark's brother Antony, 36, said Mark used to play for a steelworks team as a goalkeeper and also played five-a-side.

He said: "One time we were at a match in Birmingham and their fans were chucking food down on our heads.

"Mark grabbed a pie that came down, shouted 'thanks mate' and ate it."

The funeral is on January 17 at St Helen's Catholic Church, Hoyland, at 11.15am and afterwards at Ardsley crematorium.