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Tributes after goalkeeper dies in road crash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

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A FOOTBALL team has vowed to win the league to honour one of its goalkeepers who has died in a car crash.

Woodville reserve goalkeeper, Toby Preston, 22, of Manor Fields, Alrewas, died after the blue Rover 200 he was driving crashed into a lamppost on the A38 at Alrewas on Sunday night.

Yesterday, Damien Fowler, reserve team manager, wrote on the Woodville FC Facebook page: “Sadly last night the reserves lost a great keeper and great bloke in road traffic accident. RIP Toby Preston.”

Lee Milligan, Woodville reserve coach for which Mr Preston also contributed to, added: “Such horrible and devastating news. Such a nice guy. The team will try to win league.”

Meanwhile, Christopher Woolley agreed, saying: “Big loss to the team. RIP Toby Preston. We need to win the league for Toby.”

Police are now appealing for witnesses after the tragic accident.

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.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Sadly, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

“His family are being offered support by specially trained officers.”

The dead man was yesterday formally named as Toby Preston, 22.

The road remained closed for several hours while an investigation was carried out at the scene.

PC Andy Talbot, investigating officer, said: “The collision happened at a time when the road would have been fairly busy and we are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw the collision or the vehicle involved beforehand.”

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact PC Talbot on 101, quoting incident number 682 of April 27.

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