Tributes have been pouring out from the non league community after it was sadly confirmed that former Crowborough Athletic, Tonbridge Angels and Hastings United player Charlie Slocombe died.
He is said to have collapsed on Monday evening whilst playing in a six-a-side match before then being taken to to Kings College Hospital and put on a life support machine, he died after that yesterday afternoon.
"Someone you could rely on, a credit to his family, he got on with his job quietly and confidently."
— Steve Tervet (@stevetervet) July 24, 2019
Statement from Tonbridge Angels: “Taken from us far too young, Charlie was a popular player at the club who was involved in both the reserve and first team sides.
“He made a total of 32 appearances for the first team and always showed a willingness to step-up and help his team-mates when required.
“It is known that he had a special affection for Longmead and all connected with the Angels.
“Our thoughts are with Charlie’s family and friends as they try to come to terms with this devastating news.”
Current Tonbridge Angels right-back James Folkeshas called for every non-league footballers to have their heart scanned.
He wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear a former team-mate has passed away after collapsing playing five-a-side.
“As I previously said please all non-league ballers get yourself checked out players, don’t need another casualty.
“Once again, thoughts go out to Charlie Slocombe and his family, may his souls rest in peace.
“Get in touch with @CRY_UK and get yourself checked out. No more casualties are needed.”
Charlie Slocombe’s father, Keith, added: “Thank you for all your kind words. Everyone who met Chaz could see what a lovely chap he was and how proud he made me as a father.
“I’ve no words to say that can sum up what’s happened this last couple of days. RIP my son and best friend.”
For more information on CRY UK (Cardiac Risk in the Young supports those affected by young sudden cardiac death & funds research, screening, CRY Cardiac Pathology & Sports Cardiology Centres), click HERE.
After reading the heartfelt statements from the club, player and Dad following the sad loss of non league footballer Charlie Slocombe, fans took to give their reaction with many tributes and messages of support written on Twitter – you can see them on the next page.