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Tributes pour in for Langtoft footballer James Moorfoot, 28 who died ‘doing what he loved’

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tributes are pouring in for local footballer James Moorfoot who died suddenly whilst playing for Langtoft AFC yesterday.

As a club, Langtoft AFC told the Driffield & Wolds Weekly: “We are currently trying to come to terms with the tragic and sudden passing of James. We are numb with grief.

“James had a contagious energy and humour which lit up a room and will be dearly missed by so many.

“We can seek the smallest solace in the fact that James passed away doing what he loved, in the village he loved, surrounded by people who loved him.

“We cannot thank enough the Emergency Services and the players of Hedon Football Club who worked so bravely to save James.

“At this time all of our thoughts are with James’ family.

“Everyone associated with Langtoft Football Club, past and present, sends their love and condolences at this difficult time.”

Langtoft AFC 2016/17 team pictured in October.


Local referee Dave Marley was understandably shocked at the news. He told the Driffield & Wolds Weekly:

“I can’t believe it. James was a really nice guy. I had a lot of time for him.”

Many tributes have also been left on the Driffield & Wolds Weekly Facebook page.
Cath Proudlock said: “Such sad news, my thoughts are with his lovely family at this very sad time.”
Sharon Coutts added: “Devastating news! Wonderful guy. Love and thoughts to his family.”
Fellow footballer, Paul Kellington said: “Thoughts to his friends, family and teammates. RIP matey”
Sam Robson-Brown added: “Such sad, sad news. Our thoughts go out to his family. A deep loss of a lovely young man”

Former local footballer Ian Pudsey said: “Heartbreaking. Thinking of family, friends and teammates.”

James was a teacher at Hornsea School and in a statement from the school’s acting headteacher, Mr S Ostler, said: “It is my very sad duty to inform you that James Moorfoot, a teacher of English at our School, collapsed and subsequently died whilst playing football on Saturday afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues in the English department and his partner at this most difficult of times.

“Our students and colleagues are being offered support through the services of employees of East Riding Council who are trained in bereavement counselling. I am grateful to the local authority for enabling their services to be available to our school.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a first responder vehicle and two ambulances attended the playing fields at Rudston but sadly James died at the scene.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_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”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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