Mrs Middleton, who works as a checkout operator at Sainsbury's, in Kingsway, said her husband never fully got over the death of their fourth son, Craig, six years ago. She said: "It hit us both, really hard. I hadn't even got over the death of our son. Now Nick has died on top of that. It's just tragic."
Father of three Nick Middleton, of Mackworth, was minutes into officiating a five a side game when he slumped on to the artificial pitch.
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"He'd never had any problems before," Mrs Middleton said. "When he was in the Army he used to box and he was also an instructor. He was the fittest bloke I knew."
her husband in a pub in Mackworth, the Bull and Bush, in the 1970s. They had three sons Darren, 23, Nathan, 19, and Michael, 16.
COLLEAGUES of a football referee who collapsed on the pitch from a massive heart attack and died two hours later have held a charity tournament in his memory.
It raised for the Help for Heroes charity, in honour of Mr Middleton's service. And the winning team's captain was his son, Darren.
Mr Middleton's refereeing colleagues at the Powerleague organised a football tournament in his memory, which took place at the weekend involving 22 teams.
She said: "It's unbelievable, even now. I'm still in shock, I'll never get over it."
Organiser Steve Harrison, Nike Zoom Generation Colorways one of Mr Middleton's close friends, said: "The day was about keeping his memory alive while also raising some money for a good cause".
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Football pals play extra time for ref Nick
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