Footballers all over the county have been paying tribute to 19-year-old Penrith AFC Academy player Jack Taylor, following his death in a road crash almost three weeks ago.
The Penrith club asked the “football family” to come together and remember Jack, who lived at Stainton, during a period of applause.
Jack’s funeral was last Friday at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith, where hundreds of poeple gathred otuside to pay their respects.
His parents, Alan and Joanne, and brother Josh said they felt “truly grateful and humbled” for all the love and support they have been shown from the whole football community since Jack’s accident.
“From a little boy of four years old Jack loved football and it brought him great happiness as well as many friends, and taught him to work as part of a team.
“Hearing of the marks of respect that have happened over the past fortnight has touched our hearts and we, as Jack would have been, will be forever grateful for the kindness and support you have given us, and Jack always received from you when he was here with us all. He will be watching you all from above and cheering you all on.”
Jack was an ardent Liverpool FC fan and was due to visit Anfield this month. On the day of his funeral his family received a letter of condolence from Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish.
“Jack would have been beaming from ear to ear to have read what he said. Keep playing, keep enjoying the game and support one another,” said the family.