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Tributes paid to promising Buxton FC player killed in road crash

Ethan Hedley, formerly of Buxton FC, who has died aged 19. Picture by Lee Parker.
Ethan Hedley, formerly of Buxton FC, who has died aged 19. Picture by Lee Parker.

Tributes have been paid to a promising Buxton FC player who was tragically killed last week.

Ethan Hedley, aged 19, died after the black Vauxhall Corsa he was travelling in collided with a blue Ford Mondeo.

Flowers at the scene of a fatal collision on Hatfield Lane in Armthorpe.

Flowers at the scene of a fatal collision on Hatfield Lane in Armthorpe.

The incident occurred at around 9pm on Hatfield Lane in Armthorpe, Doncaster last Friday.

Two other passengers in the Corsa were injured.

An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and a 19-year-old man suffered minor injuries.

The drivers of both cars were uninjured.

Tony Tomlinson, Buxton club secretary, told the Advertiser: “Ethan certainly had something about him.

“He was a box-to-box midfielder and Tim Ryan (assistant manager) was hopeful that with a full pre-season behind him he would go on to big things.

“It’s really tragic news.”

Many have left tributes at the roadside and on social media.

A floral tribute at the scene included a moving message from the victim’s mother.

It read: “My world has fallen apart. You were my friend and my son. My heart’s in bits.

“Need you home but that’s not going to happen. Love you so much you’re always in my heart. Love you son, Mar xx.”

On social media, David Gravel said: “RIP Ethan Hedley, genuinely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and had the pleasure of growing up with him.

“Thoughts go out to his family and everyone else involved.”

Buxton FC have confirmed that there will be a collection for Ethan’s family and a minute’s silence during Tuesday night’s match against Frickley at the Silverlands (7.45pm).

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 1122 of April 15, 2016.