Football community shocked at sudden death of coach

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The local football community is in shock following the sudden death of coach Tony Lamacraft after a friendly match on Saturday.

The 51-year-old first team coach at Stotfold FC collapsed in the club car park after complaining that he was feeling hot and needed fresh air.

Club chairman Phil Pateman said: “Members were on hand and used the club’s defibrillator, whilst waiting for an ambulance crew who arrived quickly followed by an air ambulance team.

“During this period It appeared that the efforts of the medical team and trained club personal had revived him but Tony suffered a further relapse and despite having to hand the best medical attention available, after a prolonged attempt to save him sadly Tony was lost.

“Our thoughts go out to his family and we are all in shock at the moment.”

Tuesday’s scheduled match at Peterborough Sports was cancelled.

Tony was in his second spell at Stotfold. He had previously been manager at Langford and assistant manager at Biggleswade United.

United club secretary Tracey James said on the club website: “The players and club officials that knew Tony when he was with the club are devastated by the news and the tragic circumstances.

“Tony was totally committed to coaching and attended every training session and match while with us. The players respected him immensely and all of them have been left shocked by his passing.”