Tributes to popular soccer player who died in crash

WEDMORE Football Club is mourning the death of a well-loved player, after a fatal car accident. Simon Amesbury, aged 34, from Wedmore, died in the crash on the Cheddar Road at Cocklake last Friday. He was driving a Mitsubishi Carisma when he was in collis

WEDMORE Football Club is mourning the death of a well-loved player, after a fatal car accident.Simon Amesbury, aged 34, from Wedmore, died in the crash on the Cheddar Road at Cocklake last Friday. He was driving a Mitsubishi Carisma when he was in collision with with a Peugeot 306 at around 7pm. The 18-year-old driver of the Peugeot and his teenage passenger were injured and are in a stable condition at Weston General Hospital. Simon of Combe Batch, played mid-field for the club and in the past had managed the first team and the reserves. Club Secretary Heather Drinkwater said: "He was well loved by everybody and was an exceptionally good club member."At the last Wedmore Street Fair Simon and other teammates set up a stall selling bacon and sausage baps to raise money for the club. Simon also enjoyed the end of season dinners the club ran, and always attended.Heather added: "Simon was a thoroughly likeable person. He will be sadly missed. I valued him as a club member and as a friend."Sporting friends at neighbouring Axbridge Town FC played their match on Sunday in his memory. Their mood was somber on the journey but their defiant mood maintained their unbeaten run. Simon leaves his parents Michael and Paula and two brothers who have been sent dozens of heartfelt cards and messages. Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone who may have been travelling on the road at the time to come forward. Anyone who can help should contact the police at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/crimestoppers/contact_form.aspx or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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