Family pays tribute to American footballer Alan 'Minty' Newcombe
by Mary Graham
American football player Alan Newcombe who tragically died
during a game had intended the match to be his last before
embarking on a new career.
Mr Newcombe, 26, who played for
Maidstone Pumas, collapsed during the closing stages of a match
against East Kent Mavericks at the Keynes College playing fields at
the University of Kent in Canterbury, on Sunday.
He had just come off the pitch
after playing most of the match. It was to be his farewell
performance, before joining the RAF in October.
Despite the efforts of paramedics,
who arrived around 4.45pm, he could not be revived.
His devastated family paid tribute
to Mr Newcombe, who was known as “Minty” by his club.
They recalled a ferocious player on
the pitch, which had earned him a player of the year trophy, but a
loving and laid back son and brother who always put his family
His father Jim said: “He was very
successful player and he was an all-round nice fella. He would do
anything for anyone. People have been amazing. We have been reading
the tributes to Al and it has made us cry.”
Read the full story in this Friday's Kent
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