A non-league footballer, Daniel Wilkinson has died after collapsing on the pitch during a cup game at Brighouse’s St Giles Road stadium on Monday, his club has announced.
The 26-year-old player was Shaw Lane defender and was treated on the pitch before being taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.
“He was such a great lad. I don’t how we move on,” Craig Elliot, manager of the Barnsley-based club, who play in England’s eighth tier, told BBC Sport.
“It’s just devastating. Everyone went to the hospital. We all deal with it in different ways, but we just have to support the family as much as we can.
“His mum and dad are such brave people. We signed him in pre-season, he had just finished university at Loughborough and moved in with his girlfriend in Sheffield.”
The Northern Premier League Division One South side led the preliminary-round game 2-0 when Wilkinson collapsed with an hour played. The match was abandoned.
Wilkinson started his career at Hull City, before loan moves to Harrogate Town and North Ferriby United.
He later played for Loughborough University, Scarborough Athletic and Goole, and joined Shaw Lane from Rushall Olympic in the summer.
Shaw Lane chairman Craig Wood said in a statement: “The club would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt messages. There are no more words at this time.”
It happened just a day after former Burkina Faso international Ben Idrissa Derme died while play for amateur side AJ Biguglia in the French Cup.