Tributes paid after sudden death of Ryhall United footballer

Ryhall United defender Ged Smythe, 32, died on Saturday
Ryhall United defender Ged Smythe, 32, died on Saturday
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Tributes have been paid to a footballer who died suddenly at the age of 32.

Ged Smythe, who played for Ryhall United’s A team and formerly Stamford Bels, died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.

Team-mates found out the tragic news on Monday after he missed a match on Saturday against his old team Stamford Bels.

Ryhall United manager James Sheehan, a personal friend of Ged, said: “Ged truly was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, I have known him for over a decade, through work, socialising and football.

“My family and I are deeply saddened by this terrible news, all the lads at our club and several from Stamford Bels have expressed their shock and sadness on such awful news, he will be missed by us all.”

Mr Smythe, of Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, became a father for the first time in May when his wife Houda gave birth to a their son Adam.

He had been working for Network Rail for the past 18 months and was a builder and ground worker before that.

He had just re-signed for Ryhall after a couple of years away from the game.

Mr Sheehan said: “Some of the lads have only know him for a few months but they have all said what a great guy he was.

“I was only talking to him on Wednesday and he was saying how excited he was to be playing his old team. It is just very sad for everyone who knew him.”

Mr Sheehan said everyone at Ryhall United sent their thoughts and prayers to his family at this terrible time.

A minute’s silence will be held at all Ryhall and Stamford Bels games this weekend in his memory.