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A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a goalpost in a freak accident while watching a village football game.
Oliver Croker was struck in the head by the post, which is thought to have been uprooted when two players collided with it.
His family today paid tribute to their "beautiful, gorgeous boy."
ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:
Pictures have been released showing a "knowledgeable, sparky and multi-talented" schoolboy who died after a freak accident on a football pitch.
Tiverton High School posted the images of Oliver Croker, from Bampton in Devon, along with a tribute describing him as "the life and soul of the party".
The young rugby player died in hospital from severe injuries suffered when a piece of metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.
The mother of a 12-year-old boy killed by a freak accident during a football match has revealed the family donated his organs to transplant patients.
Oliver Croker died after suffering severe head injuries when part of a metal fence at the side of the pitch in Kensham Park in Bradninch, near Exeter, hit him during the game.
In a post on Facebook, his mother Pippa said she felt "so proud" that Oliver could help save the lives of others.
Tributes have poured in to a 12-year-old boy killed by a 'freak accident' at a football match via a Facebook page set up in his honour.
Oliver Croker, from Bampton in Devon, was watching a match at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park, near Exeter, when part of the metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.
Ellie Brant described him as a "gorgeous little bundle of joy", while Samantha Masters said he was a "lovely, friendly, polite, cheeky lovable boy".
And on his own Facebook page, his older brother Tom described saying goodbye to Oliver as "the hardest day of my life".
Dozens of other messages have poured in.
A football club has sent its condolences to the family of a 12-year-old boy who died after being hit in the head in a 'freak accident' pitch-side.
Oliver 'Olly' Croker was watching a match at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park near Exeter when part of the metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.
Teachers have paid tribute to a 12-year-old boy killed in a freak accident while he watched football.
Oliver Croker - known as Olly - was hit in the head while watching a match in Bradninch, near Exeter.
Staff at Tiverton High School in Devon today described him as a "very knowledgable and sparky lad", and a keen rugby plater with "high hopes" for his future.
A support team of counsellors had been made available to help anyone who needed support in the coming days, the school added.
A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a metal pole in a freak accident while watching a football game, police have said.
Oliver Croker, of Bampton in Devon, was watching a match at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park near Exeter with his family at the weekend when the accident happened.
Reports suggest two players had crashed into a sideline banner, and a hoop used as part of the fencing became lodged in the young boy's head.
He was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, but Devon and Cornwall Police today confirmed he had died from his injuries.