Published: 09:43, 19 August 2009 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
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 first.
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 Messenger.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.