English Football Club, Sleaford Rangers FC, have been thrown into mourning, following the tragic death of their manager, Jim Pacey.
Pacey was said to have fallen ill shortly after the club recorded its first victory against Brigg Town Reserves on August 24.
The Mirror, which cited Lincolnshire Live, said efforts by paramedic and people at the scene to save Pacey’s life proved abortive.
The report noted that he was one of the founders of the club, and managed some of the young players, including his son who plays for the team.
Sleaford Rangers have paid an emotional tribute to Pacey, recognising him as an “an integral part in the forming and creation” of the club.
“We are devastated as a club to announce the sad passing of one of our founders Jim Pacey, father of player Jay, at the end of our game against Brigg,” a statement issued by the club read.
“More importantly he was the reason the majority of our side continue to play and develop their football as he had managed many of our young players from the age of seven”.
It was the first time the club would enter a competitive senior men’s league in their history.