Friends grieve for ta­lented foot­baller

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Mourning Reece Murrell - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk 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.

Fighter

“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.”

Con­do­lences

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

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