Bostik North club Tilbury FC have paid tribute to former player Kevin Malthouse after he was murdered in the early hours of Saturday.
Police Officers were called to his house in Grays shortly after midnight and found that the twenty four year old had been stabbed in the chest and sadly died at the scene.
Three men, aged 18, 21 and 22 have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The Dockers released a statement on Monday, describing Malthouse as “a lovely lad”, with manager Gary Henty left “totally shocked and devastated” by the news.
The club statement said “The club wish to express there condolences following the sad news today of the passing of former midfielder Kevin Malthouse.
“Kevin aged 24, represented the club between 2011 and 2014 making 23 appearances. Kevin suffered a number of injuries during this time, that limited his action on the pitch.
“On behalf of the players, officials and supporters, the club send there condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.”
Dockers boss Gary Henty, who played with Malthouse, said: “I woke up to a message with the news and I was just totally shocked and devastated.
“He was such a lovely lad, he would pretty much do anything for you and wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
An online fundraising page has been started by Malthouse’s cousin and aims to raise £10,000 to give financial support to Kevin’s wife Jodie and baby son Ellis.
Donations can be made here
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily) Image: Elliot Mercer