'Fly high our number nine' - Sheffield football club retires shirt in honour of tragic young kickboxer

Scott Marsden was competing for a national kickboxing title when he fell suddenly ill and later died
Scott Marsden was competing for a national kickboxing title when he fell suddenly ill and later died
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A Sheffield football team has retired its number nine shirt in honour of the tragic young kickboxer Scott Marsden.

Scott, who died last month after falling suddenly ill during a national title fight, would have turned 15 on Sunday (April 2).

Floral tributes to Scott outside Forge Valley School, where he was a pupil

Floral tributes to Scott outside Forge Valley School, where he was a pupil

Hallam FC Under-15s, for whom he played as a winger, marked his birthday with a memorial game that day.

The club announced following the emotional occasion that it is retiring the number nine shirt as a mark of respect to Scott, who lived in Malin Bridge.

Sunday's game against Rotherham Rangers was preceded by a minute's applause for Scott, with his home and away shirts placed on either side of the halfway line.

Hallam U-15s manager Mick Grant, writing on the Sheffield and District Junior Sunday League website, said the match had been a 'fitting tribute' to a special young player.

Scott Marsden was a talented young kickboxer

Scott Marsden was a talented young kickboxer

"We remembered Scott this morning, each in our own way, a team mate, a pal, a friend, somebody who could be relied upon to go to the final whistle," he said...

"The game itself was a fitting tribute to the attributes that Scott brought to the game. Fiercely competitive, fair, no quarter asked, none given, each side gave everything.

"A game that Scott would have loved and excelled in. Fly high our Number 9. Forever on our wing."

Scott, who has been described as one of the country's most promising young kickboxers, joined Hallam FC Juniors five years ago and was a mainstay of the club.

Sheffield Wednesday fans pay tribute to Scott at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday fans pay tribute to Scott at Hillsborough

He broke his leg making a tackle last autumn and was just returning from injury when tragedy struck during a kickboxing match in Leeds last month.

He collapsed during the bout on Sunday, March 14 and was rushed to hospital, where he died two days later.

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