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Football fans rally round grieving family after plane crash

Football fans have rallied around the family of one of the victims of the Alps plane crash, flooding them with messages of support since the tragedy three days ago.

An avid fan and season ticket holder for Wolverhampton Wanderers, father-of-two Martyn Matthews, aged 50, was on the ill-fated Germanwings plane which crashed into a mountain earlier this week.

Martyn Matthews, 50, died in the crash Credit: Family handout

In a statement issued through the club, his brother-in-law Mike Lloyd said Mr Matthews would have been "honoured" to see the care offered to his family by fellow supporters.

On behalf of the family, I would like to thank all of the Wolves fans and the club for their kind words and thoughts over the last few days.

We have been overwhelmed with your kindness, warmth and generosity that we have received during this distressing time. It is a great comfort to see that there are so many people who genuinely care about our family.

We are very touched and thank you for being loyal supporters of the club and our family.

Martyn was proud of being a lifelong Wolves supporter and I am sure he would be honoured to think that his team care about him and his family so much.

– Mike Lloyd, brother-in-law

Mr Matthews was a senior quality manager for manufacturer Huf in Tipton, in the West Midlands. He is thought to have been travelling to Germany for a business meeting.

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Hereford FC will play at Edgar Road

Edgar Road Credit: ITV News Central

Hereford Football Club has announced that a deal has been made with Herefordshire County Council that will see the club play at the Edgar Street ground.

There has been four weeks of intense negotiations over the lease which will last for five years.

The club was started from scratch after Hereford United was wound up.

We are absolutely delighted to have reached a point where we have formally secured a home for Hereford FC.

‘Edgar Street has a special place in the hearts of so many football fans – both locally and nationally – and we now look forward to Hereford FC creating more memories to add to those of the past.

– Hereford FC Chairman Jon Hale
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