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Tributes pour in for teen who died during football match

Melissa Smith Credit: RIP Melissa Smith Facebook page

Tributes have been pouring in for the teenager who died after becoming ill at a junior football game in Lancashire.

The 15-year-old girl, named locally as Melissa Smith, collapsed at half time during a match in Euxton, near Preston, yesterday.

Thousands of tributes have been paid on social media in the last 24 hours.

Megann Jeory said: "You'll never be forgotten, my brightest star. I love you so much."

Megan Dunne wrote: "Haven't seen you in ages but I remember running around -giddy kids - when we were 5 and laughing our heads off and stuffing our faces with party rings at New Year parties."

Abbie Hereford said: "Sleep tight beautiful! You'll be missed by many, shine bright!"

– Tributes on Facebook page

Girls' football club pay tribute to teenager

Euxton Girls FC have paid tribute to the 15-year-old girl who died during a match yesterday.

Euxton U16s were playing Cadley FC when the teenager collapsed to the ground just before half-time.

Euxton Girls’ chairman Dennis Winn said:

“We’re absolutely devastated and our deepest sympathies go out to Cadley FC and the family of the young girl.

“We only bought the defibrillator this year and never expected to have to need it but it was all in vain.”

– Euxton Girls’ chairman Dennis Winn

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Tributes paid as 15 year old girl dies at football match

Tributes have been paid to a 15-year-old girl who died after becoming ill at a junior football game in Lancashire.

Ambulance crews were called to playing fields in Euxton, near Preston, yesterday.

Match official made attempts to revive her but she was later pronounced dead in hospital.

More than one thousand people have left online tributes on Cadley FC's Facebook page.

The club wrote on their Facebook page: ''Today one of our Under 16's girls collapsed during a football match and despite everyone's efforts medical staff were unable to resuscitate her. We are all devastated by this news and our thoughts are with her family, friends and team mates at this very sad time.''

Preston North End Football Club sent a message of condolence on Twitter:

Lancashire Police said her death is not being treated as suspicious and a post mortem will be carried out to established the cause of death.

Museum expansion tells the brave story of the Fusiliers

A Victoria Cross on show at the Fusiliers Museum. Credit: ITV News

A £1.4million redevelopment of the Fusilier Museum in Bury will open its doors today.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, includes a new home for the Fusilier Archive and the opening of a state-of-the-art conference and events space which includes a new exhibition area to display more of the museum's growing collection.

The official opening will conducted by Colonel Brian Gorski, Chairman of the board at The Fusilier Museum and Tiffany Hunt, North West Committee Chair for the Heritage Lottery Fund.

On October 25 a free family open day will take place for for Bury and Lancashire residents.

Find out more about the Museum here.

Prince Harry to visit Greater Manchester

Prince Harry sharing a joke with Salford fire fighters on his last visit to Greater Manchester. Credit: PA

Prince Harry will visit Greater Manchester today where he will help out at a rugby training session and meet fire fighters.

The Prince, who is patron of England Rugby’s All Schools Programme, will take part in a training session for teachers which hopes to get more of them to become rugby coaches and enable more young people to take up the sport.

Later, he will meet fire fighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and talk to some of the young people involved in their community cadet scheme.

Teenage girl dies at football game in Lancashire

A 15-year-old girl has died at a junior football game in Lancashire.

Ambulance crews were called to playing fields in Euxton, near Preston, shortly after 11.30am today.

A 15-year-old girl has died at a junior football game in Euxton Credit: ITV Granada

The girl, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Lancashire Police said her death is not being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to established the cause of death.

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