Sheffield Wednesday to pay tribute to tragic young kickboxer at Friday's match

Scott Marsden with some of his kickboxing trophies (SWNS)
Scott Marsden with some of his kickboxing trophies (SWNS)
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Sheffield Wednesday plans to pay tribute this weekend to a talented young kickboxer who died after falling ill during a national title fight.

The club will pay its respects to Scott Marsden, who died early this morning, at Friday's Championship clash with Reading at Hillsborough.

It said it would pay tribute in the matchday programme and on the giant screen at the ground before kick-off and at half-time, as requested by friends of the teenager.

The 14-year-old, who lived in Hillsborough and attended Forge Valley School in Stannington, was a hugely talented kickboxer and was competing for a national title when he became suddenly ill during a bout in Leeds on Saturday.

He died three days later, surrounded by family and friends.

A spokesman for Sheffield Wednesday said: "Our thoughts go out to Scott's family and friends at this awful time.

"We're more than happy to do every little thing we can possibly do to help.

"We've been in contact with friends of Scott', who asked what we could do.

"Putting a message on the giant screen and a tribute in the programme is the bare minimum we can do."

Scott had won national and international kickboxing titles and had only recently returned to action after breaking his leg last autumn.

He was also a gifted footballer, who played as a forward for Hallam Juniors Football Club.