Tributes to Welwyn Garden City soccer club stalwart

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 October 2011

Chris Loft

Chris Loft


A FOOTBALL club has paid tribute to a “great ambassador” of youth football who died this week.

Mini-soccer co-ordinator at Panshanger FC, Chris Loft, has been described as a “great friend” and a “true gentlemen” by the club’s chairman, Mike Banissy.

Mike said: “The very sad and heartbreaking news of Chris Loft’s death has brought shock and tears to everyone at Panshanger Football Club.

“We lost a great ambassador to youth football and a kind friend. Chris was a true gentleman, who was passionate about football and dedicated to the game. He was everything that we as a football club wished for and will be sadly missed by all at the club, league members and football as a whole.”

Their “thoughts, deepest sympathy and condolences” were with the family.

“Chris will live in our hearts forever.”

As a mark of respect the club postponed all its matches in the league and county cup due to take place over the weekend.

Mike added: “I know how hard it is for all of us at the football club, the youth football, and especially the family, to come to terms with it all, but through love of playing football and massive support of everyone, we will try to get through it.”

The body of Mr Loft, 47, of Watchlytes, was found at 9.30am on Wednesday in Hammonds Lane, close to Symondshyde Great Wood, near Lemsford.

He was last seen on Monday afternoon in Sandpit Lane, St Albans, when it was thought he was on his way to see his father, in Stagg Close.

A police spokeswoman said his death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.

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