Shrine in memory of tragic foootballer

A SHRINE in memory of a talented young footballer killed in a road accident has been created by his friends and family. Ross Crouch, 23, from Lawford, died on Monday after he was involved in a collision with a car as he made his way home following a football tour in Prague.

A SHRINE in memory of a talented young footballer killed in a road accident has been created by his friends and family.

Ross Crouch, 23, from Lawford, died on Monday after he was involved in a collision with a car as he made his way home following a football tour in Prague.

The former Colchester United professional was involved in a collision with an Audi A3 as he walked along the A137 at Cox's Hill at 12.30am.

As mourners continue to come to terms with their loss today, bunches of flowers and messages of condolence have been left at the spot where the Stanway Rovers and Brantham Colts player was killed.

Meanwhile, heartfelt tributes have been paid to Mr Crouch.

One friend, Ed Butcher, posted a message on Ross' personal page on an internet networking website.

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He said: “You were too great a guy to be taken from us and I will never forget you.”

Another pal, Leigh Hollywood from Perth, Australia, said: “I'm sorry it had to be one of the kindest people I have met. You will be greatly missed.”

Mark Hanna added: “You were one of the finest fellas I have ever had the pleasure to know.”

Mr Crouch's father, Nigel, played for Colchester United in the early '80s as did his uncle, Steve Foley, who is currently Ipswich Town's skills coach.