Tributes flood in for American Footballer who died after match in Canterbury
Action from the match
between East Kent Mavericks and Maidstone Pumas on Sunday. Picture:
Team mates have paid tributes to a
player who collapsed and died during a Sunday afternoon American
Football match in Canterbury.
Alan Newcombe died during the
closing stages of a match between the Maidstone Pumas American
Football Club and the East Kent Mavericks at the Keynes College
playing fields, Kent University.
He had been playing earlier on in
the match, but collapsed on the sidelines after coming off the
pitch. Ambulance crews attended around 4.45pm.
A site set up for current and
former Pumas players on social networking site Facebook, has
carried tributes to Mr Newcombe, who was known as "Minty."
One member wrote: "We are all
devastated by the loss of a great friend, team mate and brother -
Alan ‘Minty’ Newcombe, who passed away wearing team colours on our
sideline during the game."
Another added: "He loved being a
Puma and was one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet.
Our thoughts are with him, his family and all of his extended Pumas
family at this very difficult time."
According to the club’s website, Mr
Newcombe played in Pumas’ senior team in shirt number 56.
It is believed he was in his
twenties and lived in Maidstone.
The Pumas were founded in 1987 and
since 1997 have played senior level American Football in Division
Two of the British American Football League.
The Canterbury coroner has been
informed and a post mortem is due to be carried out on Tuesday
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