Tributes paid to American Footballer at his funeral
Hundreds of people turned out to remember a popular
American Football player.
The funeral of Alan "Minty"
Newcombe, 26, was held on Thursday at Vinters Park Crematorium in
Mr Newcombe, of Clarence Court,
Weavering, whose passion was American Football was playing for
the Maidstone Pumas in a match on August 16 in Canterbury, when he
came off the pitch and collapsed.
At his service, his pumas team
mates wore their orange and black shirts and formed two lines as
the funeral cortege entered the crematorium grounds.
Family and friends paid their own
tributes during the service.
His brother Jim told the
congregation: "Alan was an amazing and caring person, who always
put his family first. Whatever life threw at him he picked himself
up and carried on.
"I’d like to recount some of his
"Alanisms" - the name I gave to his famous one-liners, which he
delivered in his big, booming voice.
"One of them was when Prince
Michael of Kent opened a bridge in Maidstone and stopped to ask
Alan: "What will you be doing after college?" and he replied:
"Going down the pub.""
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