A GOALKEEPER who died aged just 29 while warming up for a football match suffered from a hidden heart problem.
Christopher Ogden collapsed while preparing for an AFC Crossleys game at Mason Green, Illingworth, Halifax in November.
An inquest heard yesterday that he was warming up when he complained of feeling dizzy and fell to the ground.
Paramedics were called and administered CPR but he could not be saved.
A post-mortem and tests carried out by a London heart expert revealed Mr Ogden suffered from a type of cardiomyopathy – a disease of the heart muscle
Coroner Roger Whittaker said: “It couldn’t have been diagnosed before. It had no symptoms.”
He recorded that Mr Ogden died from natural causes.
Mr Ogden, a welder, joined AFC Crossleys in September, moving from Northowram AFC.
Speaking after his death, team manager Conrad Woodhouse described the player as “the life and soul of the team”.
“He’ll be very sadly missed, not just by his family but by the team as well.”