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Community mourns sudden loss of teenage sportsman

A Northamptonshire football club has spoken of its 'great sadness' after a teenager died while playing in an Under 15's football match

Flowers have been left at the ground in Thrapston Credit: United Counties League

Ben Walker collapsed during the Thrapston Town FC U15 game at Chancery Lane on Friday 28th April. He was taken to hospital where he died.

As well as being a talented footballer, he also represented Thrapston Cricket Club as a promising wicket keeper and batsman.

A post on the Thrapston Town Football Club Facebook page said Ben died doing the thing he loved.

It is with a heavy heart we send our condolences to Nicola, Andy and Sam on the very, very sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. Also we send our condolences to Rusty, Ben's team mates and all at Thrapston Town Juniors Football Club.

– Thrapston Town FC

Thrapston Cricket Club said the thoughts of everyone linked to Thrapston Town football and cricket clubs were with the Walker family at this sad time.

All of the home cricket fixtures this weekend were postponed and a minutes silence is due to be held at all Weetabix Youth League games as a mark of respect.

Flowers and football shirts have been left in memory of Ben in the club grounds, which remains open for anyone to visit and pay their respects.

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