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Boy, 17, who died in Sudbury crash named locally as Cornard United F.C player Sam Parsons

A 17-year-old boy who died after a car crashed into a tree in Sudbury has been named locally.

Cornard United F.C has paid tribute to Sam Parsons, who it said tragically lost his life on Saturday night in a car accident.

On a social media post, it said Sam was a stalwart in the under 18s team, managed by his dad Jem.

“Thoughts and love go out to the family at this incredibly difficult time and the club offers its full support,” it said.

A minute’s silence will be observed at the first team game tonight.

In response to the post, the football community has paid tribute to Sam.

Cornard United in Blackhouse Lane. Picture: Google
Cornard United in Blackhouse Lane. Picture: Google

Ipswich Wanderers FC said: “Terribly sad news. Sending condolences from all at IWFC.”

Newmarket Town FC said: “Such sad news, condolences to the family and friends from everyone at Newmarket Town FC.”

Great Yarmouth Town FC said: “Absolutely devastating news. On behalf of everyone at our club we would like to offer our deepest heartfelt condolences to Sam’s family, friends and all at Cornard United FC.”

Long Melford FC said: “All of us at Long Melford FC are so sorry to hear this - sending our condolences.”

Halstead Town FC said: “Such as sad news everybody at Halstead town sends their condolences.”

Clare Town FC said: “All of us are Clare Town send our condolences to Sam's family and his team mates.”

FC Stratford said: “A tragic loss of life, the football family stand with you, his friends and family.”

Meanwhile, in a statement on its website, AFC Sudbury said it was saddened to hear of Sam’s death.

“Our condolences go out to everyone at the club and the local area who will be touched and effected by this awful turn of events,” it said.

“Our reserves are due to play Cornard United next Tuesday and prior to kick off there will be a minute’s silence.

“Once again our commiserations and condolences from everyone here at the club, fans, volunteers, players and staff.”

An Essex Police spokesperson said a silver Ford Fiesta crashed into a tree in Sudbury Road at about 11.15pm.

“We do not believe any other vehicles were involved and our inquiries into the collision are ongoing,” they said.

Anyone with information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage should contact police quoting incident 1277 of February 3.