Tributes paid to former Hebburn Town football scout who died while walking in Lake District

Karl Newton started his career at Hebburn Town but worked for clubs across the north of England. Credit: Karl Newton / Facebook

Hundreds of tributes have been paid to a football scout who has died while walking in the Lake District.

Karl Newton, from South Tyneside, is believed to have been walking with friends when he died on Friday 1 July.

The 37-year-old had been a fan of Hebburn Town FC since he was boy and worked in various roles for the club.

Mr Newton was an experienced and highly-regarded football scout, who went on to work for Stockport County, AFC Fylde, Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Leyton Orient.

Most recently he joined Blackburn Rovers as their new technical recruitment analyst.

Teams across the north of England have joined in sharing their sadness at his sudden death.

In a post on Hebburn Town's Facebook page, Mr Newton's sister, Tracey McDonald, said: "I am overwhelmed with all of the kind words and messages for my brother Karl.

"He had a huge heart and didn't have a bad bone in his body, always willing to help anyone and when he walked in a room he brought with him sunshine and laughter.

"His family appreciate all of your kind thoughts, words and prayers.

"It warms our hearts and gives us such comfort knowing he touched so many people's lives in such positive ways. Thank you."

Karl Newton and Louise Defty were due to get married next year. Credit: Family photo

Mr Newton was engaged to Louise Defty and had a stepdaughter named Sophie.

His fiancee said: "He was loved by everyone and was well known in the football world.

"He had just got his dream job two weeks ago with Blackburn Rovers. We were due to get married next year.

"He was just an amazing person, the love of my life and I can't imagine life without him. I would like to thank everyone for all their support."

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