Tributes and condolences have been pouring in online for Kings Langley Football Club (KLFC) sponsor and number one fan, Matt Allcock.
Matt, 46, collapsed suddenly soon after attending the KLFC away match against Weymouth and sadly could not be revived.
Flowers and a shirt which said ‘Matt RIP’, were laid outside the football club gates shortly after the news was announced.
A statement was released by the club on their Twitter page.
The statement read: “It is with great sadness that Kings Langley Football Club announce the tragic passing of their number one fan and club sponsor, Matt Allcock.
“Matt collapsed suddenly sometime after attending our match at Weymouth yesterday and could not be revived. Our hearts go out to Matt’s family at this time of loss and sorrow.
“Matt was known and loved by everyone at KLFC. His untimely passing, at the age of just 46, has been deeply felt by everyone at the club and the community beyond.
“Matt was an inspiration to us all with his boundless enthusiasm in support of the club and he, more than anyone has done so much to engender the spirit of togetherness and camaraderie that exists throughout the club today.
“Matt will be fondly remembered by so many within our community. He will be hugely missed by everyone’s life he touched.”
Tributes for Matt have been posted on social media by fans and friends of the club, calling him a “great man and a great fan”.
One tweet said: “Absolutely devastating news. The few times I met Matt he totally summed up what I love about my hometown, a proper genuine guy. Salt of the earth! His passion for the club was the foundation for so many being able to enjoy KLFC. Deepest condolences to all his family and friends.”
Another tweet said: “One of the good guys gone far too soon. RIP Matty.”
To pay respect, the club have set up a ‘pay-what-you-want’ entry to their home game against Staines Town FC on January 26, with all proceeds going to Matt’s family.
Matt was also heavily involved in the charity walk which saw 13 devoted Kings Langley supporters walk 15 miles to their away game against Harrow Borough FC for Sands UK.
To read about the walk, go to mynewsmag.co.uk/supporters-go-the-extra-mile/
For more see MyKingsNews February edition.