Michael Jones' former football club Tarleton Corinthians have paid tribute to him after he was stabbed to death in New York.
He had played for the club since the start of the 2003/04 season and competed in the Preston and District League. The following season he signed for Corinthians' Sunday league side.
"His first love was always football, and it was no surprise when he moved to the USA to coach professionally.
"Jonesy still played for Tarleton when he came home in the close season; he always wanted a game with the boys! Always 'one of the lads' himself, he could be relied upon to share a joke and was a particularly popular member of the squad.
"He was well respected by the players and leagues with whom he played.
"Everyone associated with Tarleton Corinthians is saddened by the loss of a great friend and team-mate. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at such a devastating loss."
"We are trying to come to terms with it. He was a genuine lad, no trouble. He was not a lad who would look for trouble or anything like that. He is not the sort of lad that would be up to no good...it's a big shock to us. We are stunned."
– John Parkinson, treasurer of Tarleton Corinthians