The tragic footballer

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THIS is the teenage footballer who died after being injured during a junior football match in Brighouse.

Huw Thatcher was rushed to hospital after sustaining an injury during the Brighouse Town Juniors versus Hepworth United under-15s game at St Giles Road in Hove Edge on Sunday.

Chairman of the Hepworth club Jon Field said Huw had an undiagnosed brain aneurysm which was triggered when he was tackled.

Brighouse Town Juniors are hoping to arrange a memorial game for the football-loving 15-year-old.

Under 15s coach for Hepworth United Nigel Bower said: “Huw lived and breathed football. If he wasn’t playing he was watching his beloved Cardiff City.

“He was very likeable, full of life and a bit of a joker. He was a bit cheeky and just loved by everyone.”

“He was a really good player, he was talented and strong.

“The team are just devastated. They were there when it happened. When you’re 13, 14 or 15 its hard to comprehend that he isn’t going to be there at the next game.”

Acting head teacher at Huw’s school, Holmfirth High, Gail Howe described the teenager as “intelligent, popular and respected by his peers.”

She added: “Huw was a polite, conscientious student with a great sense of humour and a cheeky smile.

“Academically, he had a bright future ahead of him. Sport was the love of his life - he was a gifted and talented sportsman who captained the school football team with pride and passion.

“Huw will be sorely missed both in and out of the classroom. Our thought are very much with Huw’s parents and his sister at this time.”