The football world has come together to pay tribute to former Lancaster City player Neil Marshall.
Marshall passed away on Wednesday at the age of 31 and leaves behind his wife and two children.
Clubs around the non-league pyramid paid tribute to Marshall.
Lancaster City released an emotional statement, as they remembered a “true and loyal player for the Dolly Blues”.
The statement read “It is with great sadness that Lancaster City FC have learnt today of the passing away of Neil Marshall, a true and loyal player for the Dolly Blues.
“Our heartfelt sympathies go to his wife Kim, son Max and daughter Daisy for their devastating loss, also to Tony and Kath on the tragic loss of their son.
“This has come as a great shock to us all, so difficult to comprehend the death of one so young.
“We will post details of his funeral arrangements as soon as they become available.
“God Bless you Neil. You will never be forgotten”
Professional boxer Ant Crolla tweeted “Thoughts and prayers are with family/friends of @neilmarshall10 from @lancastercityfc . Met Neil in summer, brave, brave man. #RIPMarshy”
Rival clubs also paid tribute to Marshall and offered their condolensces to the Dolly Blues.
Droylsden FC said on Twitter “Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Neil Marshall and all at @lancastercityfc”, whilst Radcliffe Borough tweeted “@lancastercityfc Everyone at Radcliffe would like to pass on their thoughts and condolences to the players family & everyone at the club”
Bamber Bridge FC tweeted “Our thoughts and sympathies are with all at @lancastercityfc Neil Marshall, formidable opponent, gent and legend – you will be missed”
Former team mates and opposing players paid their own emotional tributes to Marshall, with Ben Hudson saying “He had a terrific sense of loyalty. He was a great friend and team-mate, he led by example. He was inspirational. RIP Marshy”.
Darlington’s Gary Brown said “@lancastercityfc played against this lad a few times, a very very tough man who always shook hands no matter what, RIP x”
The thoughts of everyone at Non-League Daily go to Neil Marshall’s friends and family, and to everyone at Lancaster City FC.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Image: Lancaster City FC