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Tributes flood in for community footballer

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Friday 5th September 2014
Mykal Porter
PARENTS of a 22-year-old Sunday league footballer who died suddenly after collapsing at training last week say they have been 'deeply moved' by the respect shown to him by the local footballing community.

Mykal Porter - known affectionately as Harry - collapsed on Thursday night while training with his shocked Carlton Athletic team - they had believed him to be fit and healthy.

Teams across Barnsley held a minute's silence at matches on Sunday and the Barnsley Sunday League Forum on Facebook was flooded with hundreds of tributes from stunned team mates and opponents alike. Respects will also be paid at this Sunday's morning games.

His funeral will take place at Ardsley Crematorium on Tuesday at 2.30pm, followed by a wake at the Corner Pocket. Donations in lieu of flowers will be collected to the fund in Mykal's memory.

** The full story is in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated September 5. **
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Posted by Mark reed I Fri 5th Sep 2014 at 11:29am

R.I.P dude you were a good mate never failed to make anyone smile you are one man who will never be forgot hope your living the dream up there always flying high your gunna be missed Harry

Posted by jaydee I Fri 5th Sep 2014 at 12:06pm

Such a lovely bloke... rip hairy harry xxx

Posted by Shelb I Fri 5th Sep 2014 at 9:01pm

i still can't believe it, it's never going to sink in! there's some lucky ******** up in heaven now, getting to spend their time with you matey. thanks for all the smiles, sweet dreams xx

Posted by peter.m. forrest I Fri 5th Sep 2014 at 10:50pm

Deepest sympathy from a saturday and sunday referee. I am sure i can extend the sympathy of all players.

officials. F.a. and all grass roots

footballers in liverpool.rip lad.

Posted by Waddy I Sat 6th Sep 2014 at 1:01am

Top guy so sorry to hear your gone an inspiration to many and so proud to have met you! Big loss at such a young age! Hope ya watchin up there mate made me wake up and pay attention RIP #stronghands

Posted by Nikkie Higgs I Sun 7th Sep 2014 at 8:59am

This guy is what Sunday league is all about. Committed and so passionate and just been able to share a pitch with him once or twice was a real privilege. No doubt a gentleman outside the game n will be deeply missed by many.

Posted by paul phillips I Sun 7th Sep 2014 at 4:19pm

Mykal mate you were one of the greatest blokes ive had the privilege of working with since I started on your team a week after moving from o2 and joining you on your team with rob the laughs we had and sorting out all the music you wanted every other week for you're car getting called steve Mcdonald every morning I came through door me and donna are going to miss you big man work isnt the same no more

Posted by Sherrie C. I Sun 7th Sep 2014 at 9:00pm

Our sons U9's football team played Barnsley FC today and paid a lovely tribute in this young mans memory. So heartbreaking to read, thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

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