Tributes pour in for TT footballer killed in England …”A FALLEN HERO”

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Devastated family members of former Premier League footballer Jlloyd Samuel have paid emotional tribute following his horror school run crash.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on a country lane in High Legh, Cheshire, on Tuesday morning, after Samuel’s Range Rover collided with a van.

Tragically, nothing could be done to save the former Trinidad and Tobago international, 37, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

Bereft relatives were seen at the scene of the crash last night, leaving floral tributes and notes for the defender.

One said: ‘To Jlloyd, with lots of love you will all ways be with us. God blessings – stay strong.Dad.’

Another read: ‘My brother Jlloyd. Gone too soon. RIHP. Rest in heavenly peace. Darius. Love always.’

Ex-Aston Villa, Bolton and Cardiff defender Samuel lived with his wife Emma and three children, Javarne, Lakyle and Amara, not far from the crash scene, in nearby Lymm.
Emma, 38, runs her own interior decoration business for baby and children’s rooms called Samuel & Owen – a venture she began in 2013, while Samuel was playing for a team in Iran.

Figures from around the game paid tribute to Samuel, with Manchester United’s Ashley Young remembering how Samuel had ‘taken him under his wing’ when he started out at Aston Villa.

TV presenter Jake Humphrey tweeted: ‘How terribly sad to hear that Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car crash after dropping his children off at school. Those poor, poor children. Thoughts with them, his wife Emma, and all his family.’

The driver of the other vehicle, a 54-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

A final tweet from Samuel’s official Twitter account showed how the former left back was looking to the future with his family.

He wrote: ‘Coming soon to Dubai, my wife brand of luxury for baby & child #soproud #wife #dreams #children samuelandowen.’

A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: ‘Emergency services remain at the scene of a serious collision involving a van and a car in High Legh.

‘At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover near to Costcutter on West Lane. Sadly the driver of the car, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene.

‘His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers.
‘The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

‘Road closures remain in place at either end of West Lane, near to the junctions of the A56 and the A50. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Bolton Wanderers tweeted: ‘Everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender, Jlloyd Samuel.

‘Rest in peace, Jlloyd. Our deepest condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.’
He and fellow former professional Nathan Ellington were player-managers at Egerton FC in the 12th tier of English football.Samuel finished playing top-level football in England back in 2011, moving to Iran, but returned to play non-League in Cheshire as recently as this season.

The former Premier League star discussed recently his future plans having stopped playing football at the highest level.

In an interview discussing his coaching role at Egerton FC, Samuel described the ‘No Man’s Land’ of his post-football playing career and how was adapting to a new life.

‘If you check a lot of the stats, a lot of footballers when they finish – what do they do?

‘Some players take a year or two to find their feet again, some go directly into management but they say play as long as you can. Because when you stop you do become a No Man’s Land.

‘And somewhere like this [Egerton FC] it’s somewhere where you can wind down your career but still play and get fit.’
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