A GOALKEEPER was declared ‘man of the match’ the morning before he died in a car crash, it has been revealed.
Woodville reserves goalkeeper, Toby Preston, of Manor Fields, Alrewas, scored a goal from inside his own penalty area to help win the game against Blackfordby on Sunday before he crashed into a lamppost on the A38 later that night.
Lee Milligan, Woodville FC committee member, who Toby had links to, along with its manager, Damien Fowler, and club’s captain, Nathan Collier, paid tribute to the 22-year-old saying they were ‘shocked and saddened’ by the tragic death of their ‘friend and teammate’.
The crash happened at around 8.35pm on Sunday at the junction/slip road for Alrewas on the southbound carriageway of the A38 and involved the dark blue Rover 200 which crashed into a lamppost. Mr Preston was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement the three men said: “All at Woodville Football Club are shocked and saddened by the tragic death of friend and teammate Toby Preston.
”Toby signed for Woodville Reserves midway through this season and with his larger than life personality, he soon became a huge part of the team. Toby had a fantastic sense of humour and was regularly joking around in the changing rooms both before and after games. Win, lose or draw Toby was always smiling and there seemed to be a positive atmosphere that followed him.
”On the football pitch he was a formidable opponent and a fantastic teammate. We will never forget this Sunday’s game against Blackfordby, Toby had already made a string of heroic saves to keep his team in the game before producing a moment of magic by scoring from inside his own penalty area with a truly amazing lob. Toby received Man of the Match, which was sadly his last game for the club.
”Toby will be missed by everyone involved with the club and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact PC Talbot on 101, quoting incident number 682 of April 27.