Tributes paid to tragic sportsman

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 25-year-old sports enthusiast who died after collapsing and hitting his head on a kerb.David Lyttelton, who played football and cricket in Suffolk, died in London on Saturday after playing rugby.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 25-year-old sports enthusiast who died after collapsing and hitting his head on a kerb.

David Lyttelton, who played football and cricket in Suffolk, died in London on Saturday after playing rugby.

He collapsed and hit his head on a kerb during what was believed to have been a seizure as he walked home from a match.

Although he lived in Clapham, London, where he worked as an investment banker for the Royal Bank of Canada, he spent time in Suffolk visiting his partner, Mary Engleheart, daughter of former Babergh councillor Henry Engleheart.


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He had also played football in the county for Boxford Rovers for two years, and cricket for Tendring Park, in Stoke by Nayland, for the past four seasons.

Richard Robinson, manager and club chairman of Boxford Rovers, said: “David will be sorely missed by friends and team-mates in this little piece of Suffolk for his ability to get on with absolutely everyone and for making everything so much more fun.

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“He was a committed and enthusiastic member of the men's team. He will be remembered for his determination and his non stop energy - he played rugby, football and cricket.

“I played cricket with him at Tendring Park, he was just a non-stop person. He lived in London and he would often come from there and play a game and if he was subbed he would sit on the sidelines shouting.

“David was an example of commitment and enthusiasm - he gave his all for all the sports he was in.

“He brought an awful lot to sports in the area - in that respect he was an example to us all.”

Mr Robinson added that Mr Lyttelton had starred for the team last season, scoring four goals in one game. He also paid for the club's new kit for the season as a new sponsor could not be found.

Mr Lyttelton last saw his team-mates two weeks ago when he joined them for their Christmas meal at The Case restaurant in Assington.

lorraine.price@eadt.co.uk

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