Tragic News.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Matt Lawson, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. Matt Lawson

    Matt Lawson Member

    As a Scarborough fan in the Conference North, this has hit hard:

    I heard about the postponement at 3:30pm during our 0-1 home defeat to Workington Town and found out the following shocking news when I returned home.

    "HINCKLEY United Football Club regretfully announce the tragic death of Matthew Gadsby.
    The 27 year-old collapsed midway through the first half of the Conference North game with Harrogate Town at Wetherby Road on Saturday. Paramedics treated the central defender on the pitch and worked on him for over an hour after he suddenly collapsed on the field of play. No other player was involved. He was taken to Harrogate Royal Infirmary but failed to respond to treatment.

    Chairman Kevin Downes said: “This is an absolute tragedy and our thoughts are with Matthew’s family and friends. Incidents like this put everything into perspective and no-one can quite come to terms with what has happened. The medics were out on the pitch within seconds and their treatment was first class and they did everything they could along with the staff at the hospital which was next door to the ground. Matthew had made a big impact on the football club during his time at the Marston’s Stadium and he will be sadly missed by everyone.”

    Sutton Coldfield born Gadsby began his career as a trainee at Walsall before breaking his way into the first team and making 23 first team appearances. He then moved to Mansfield Town and Kidderminster Harriers extending his Football League experience before he dropped into Non League football with Forest Green Rovers.
    Swadlincote based Gadsby – a builder by profession - signed a one-year deal with Hinckley United in the summer and had been in outstanding form.
    Mr Gadsby leaves behind a young daughter, and a wife, Sarah.
    Hinckley United’s game away at Moor Green on Tuesday night has been postponed after today’s tragic events."

    RIP Matt, it's a tragic thing that a person's life can be taken in a football match.

    My thoughts are with his family, friends and supporters of Hinckley United Football Club.
  2. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    To be honest I cant say I had ever heard of him , but its always sad to hear of a 27 year old dying so suddenly.

    You gave a very nice tribute to him , and I have real sympathies for his wife and young daughter.
  3. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Hinckley is fairly local to me, so I saw this reported on the local news first. They were talking about a "former professional footballer" so I assumed it was someone much older. When the report mentioned he was just 27 I was really shocked.

    A tragedy to someone so young should die in such a way. My thoughts are with his family and his young Daughter.
  4. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    So sad. 27 is no age at all.

    Awful news.