Cables Reserves Player Collapses during Training, Dies at 18

By on Thursday, August 16, 2018

Prescot Cables FC Reserves player Jack Riding has tragically died at the age of 18.

The teenager, from Crosby, collapsed on Monday evening, 13 August, at a five-a-side football practice. He was taken to hospital but died on Wednesday afternoon.

“Everyone who had the privilege to know Jack is devastated and heartbroken by the news,” said Cables Reserves on Twitter.

In an official statement on its website, Cables FC described Jack as “a very popular young man who had a bright future ahead of him. Jack’s loss will be keenly felt by his teammates, the club as a whole and by the wider football community.”

The team will dedicate its first home game of the season – Cables v Glossop North End on Tuesday 21 August – to Jack. A minute’s applause in his memory will precede the match, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

Fans have requested that local Premier League clubs Liverpool and Everton do the same ahead of their fixtures this weekend.

Among the tributes paid to Jack online, friends and supporters said he was “such a pleasant young man,” “one of the nicest lads I’ve ever played with” and a “top player and an even better person.”

A fundraising page has been set up to support Jack’s family during this difficult time. Donate at www.justgiving.com.

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