Friends grieve for talented footballer
firstname.lastname@example.org Scores of tributes have poured in for a talented sportsman who passed away at the weekend after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Ashford man Reece Murrell died at the age of 22 on Saturday night.
More than 250 friends and family have since joined a Facebook group, titled In love of Reece Murrell, which was set up in memory of the former Towers School student.
Keen footballer Mr Murrell was a member of Ashford’s Bromley Green Football Club.
It is believed that, after becoming ill, he put together a ‘bucket list’ detailing all the things he wanted to complete.
It is thought that one of those wishes came true when he travelled to Thailand with a group of friends last year.
Friend and teammate Jamie Hurst, 20, said: “I used to play football with Reece.
“He was a great mate who will always be remembered.
“He had been fighting for a long time. He was a fighter.
“When he found out he was ill he just got on with things. It didn’t stop him doing anything.
“He had a bucket list and he had completed most of them.
“I would say to him: Reece, a
‘When he found out he was ill he just got on with things. It didn’t stop him doing anything’
true mate and quality footballer.
“I will miss you a lot and hope you’re looking over all of us.
“I know everyone here is so sad and upset as another amazing person has been taken from our lives. RIP my good friend.”
Mr Murrell’s former teacher at the Towers School, Jeremy Field, described him as a “breath of fresh air”.
The director of sport said: “Reece Murrell was a cracking lad; polite and extremely well liked by both staff and his peers.
“He was a talented sportsman who was laid-back and phased by nothing.
“He was a breath of fresh air within the modern game of football for being effective on the pitch yet understated in his attitude.
“The hearts of the Towers community go out to Reece’s family and friends and we join them to mourn the loss of this fantastic young man.”
After Mr Murrell passed away, Bromley Green FC posted on their website: “News has just arrived of the passing of Reece Murrell after a lengthy illness.
“So young to be taken away. Our sincere condolences are extended to his family and friends.”
Director of sport Jeremy Field, who said Reece had been a ‘breath of fresh air’ in his attitude to sport at the Towers School, right