Tributes flood in for Clipstone star
Tributes have been paid to Clipstone footballer Marcus Beddoe, who tragically passed away earlier this week.
As reported by the Chad on Thursday, Beddoe died on Tuesday at the age of 25 and left the local football community in shock.
Now, those whose paths crossed with Beddoe in football have added their tributes to those paid by his family.
Clipstone boss Dave Hoole, who had Beddoe as part of his Matlock Town academy side, was among those stunned by the news.
He said: “I have known Marcus since my Matlock days and, honestly, you could not have wished for a nicer bloke both on and off the pitch.
“On the pitch, on his day, he was an absolute world beater.
“His technique and his ability with a football were second to none.
“To match that off the pitch he was such a pleasant chap.
“He was a good friend of mine and he will be sadly missed at the club by everyone who knew him.”
A spokesman for Beddoe’s former club, Matlock Town, said: “Everybody that we have spoken to who knew Marcus from all different walks of life comment on what a kind, gentle-natured, talented and funny young man he was.
“His loss will be felt by all in the Derbyshire footballing community and his legacy will never be forgotten.”
Former team-mate Reece Davies added: “I played with Marcus when we were together at Spire Blues. [He] was a fantastic player and an even better guy. Don't think we ever stopped laughing when we played together. Thoughts with his family and friends.”
Meanwhile, local referee John Thornhill said: “Absolutely gutted to hear this news. I reffed Marcus for many years and he was such a genuine and decent lad and a pleasure to be on the same pitch. Thoughts with his family and friends.”