Tragedy as popular amateur footballer and dad dies on New Year’s Day

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Tributes have poured in for a popular amateur footballer who died suddenly on New Year's Day.

Tragic young dad Johnny Greenwood passed away aged 39, leaving his family, friends and teammates heartbroken.

Johnny was a renowned figure in the Lancashire Sunday Football League and is believed to have been on the books of Premier League giants Everton as a young player as a goalkeeper, although he made his name in the local league as a striker.

He leaves behind a five-year-old daughter named Evie.

His sister Joanne Lloyd wrote on Facebook: "Our hearts are broken and all I can say is no parents should lose a child even if their son is an adult and no child should lose a parent while they are still a child.

"We don't know how this happened yet but early indications are it was an underlying hereditary heart condition.

"People have already sent messages and things and this is giving mum and dad some small comfort so thank you."

Johnny was most famous for playing for Tanterton, Ingol Rangers and AFC Ingol in the Preston area.

Tanterton chairman Rob Young told the Daily Star: "It was a huge shock when I heard, I couldn't believe it.

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"He was as fit as a fiddle. He was very down to earth, a very popular player and will be sorely missed.

"I'm sure his former clubs will arrange a fitting tribute."

Social media sites were flooded with tributes to the well-liked footballer.

The Lancashire Sunday League tweeted: "We are saddened by the death of Johnny Greenwood at the age of 39.

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"Johnny was a classy, elegant footballer who played for a number of top teams in this league. He was good and loyal friend & teammate but most of all he was a top guy who will be sadly missed. RIP Johnny."

Danny Traynor posted: "Top bloke with the finishing to match.

"Always a pleasure to play against. Going to be sadly missed by the footballing family in and around Preston. Playing with the angels."

James Gaskell added: "A great guy and just liked and respected by everyone.

"Helped me massively starting out in adults. RIP mate."

Warren Beattie wrote: "Rest in peace Johnny Greenwood. Enjoyed playing with and against you. Such a top lad. Gone too soon."

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