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Footballer dies after collapsing on pitch in Isle of Man

Andrew Cadwallader

Andrew Cadwallader

Tributes have been paid to a popular footballer who collapsed on the pitch during a match at Castletown.

Father-of-three Andrew Cadwallader, 49, of Port Erin, collapsed on his home pitch on Saturday afternoon two minutes before the final whistle in a Canada Life Combination One game against Union Mills.

Paramedics arrived quickly on scene, but attempts to revive the striker proved unsuccessful.

It is understood that he was pronounced dead on arrival at Noble’s Hospital.

Club members laid flowers next to his football boots on the pitch yesterday (Sunday) in tribute to him.

A minute’s silence will be held this weekend before the start of all Manx football games.

A club spokesman told iomtoday: ‘Andy Cadwallader was a well-liked, funny member of Castletown Metropolitan Football Club.

‘He had a wicked sense of humour and always put such effort into every match he played.

‘He will be very sadly missed by all the players, community and friends of Andy and his family.

‘He was a gentle soul and Castletown MFC would like to send its condolences to all his family.’

It was his first season with Castletown.

Mr Cadwallader, a self-employed pest controller, had spent most of his football career with Ronaldsway AFC and had earlier played for Onchan AFC.

Ronaldsway secretary Adam Caddick described Mr Cadwallader as a ‘true Ronaldsway legend’.

Paying tribute on Facebook, Onchan player David Rees said: ‘Legend of Manx football and top bloke.

‘Every kick off I took with him was a pleasure. Taught me how to play senior football, distraught.’

Isle of Man Newspapers football correspondent Paul Hatton said Manx football had lost one its characters, adding: ‘He often said to me he was the most successful player within the Airports’ Cup [a pre-season friendly fixture played between Ronaldsway and Jurby].’

On hearing the news on Saturday, a spokesman for St John’s United Football Club said: ‘After hearing the sad news from Castletown today’s results don’t seem important at all.

‘All at St John’s United express their sincere sympathy to the family, friends and Castletown MFC at the tragic loss of Andrew Cadwallader.’

He leaves three children - two daughters and a son.

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