Who is Dylan Rich? Why the England football team paid tribute to a 17-year-old who died after an on-pitch collapse
Before their 1-1 tie with Poland on Wednesday, the England team paid tribute to Dylan Rich, a teen who died after falling during an FA Youth Cup match.
During the squad portrait, Captain Harry Kane put out an England shirt with the words “For Dylan” emblazoned on it.
The Football Association and the official England Twitter account have also expressed their sympathies to Dylan’s family and friends.
Forest fans applauded in the 17th minute of their match in memory of Dylan Rich.
Who was Dylan Rich?
On September 2, the 17-year-old suffered cardiac arrest while playing for West Bridgford Colts versus Boston United in an FA Youth Cup match.
Before paramedics came and he was brought to the Queen’s Medical Centre by ambulance, he was treated with a defibrillator at the West Bridgford Colts stadium.
In the ambulance, Dylan apparently fell into cardiac arrest again and died three days later, on September 5th.
The kid went to West Bridgford School. “We are a school in mourning,” said headteacher, Tim Peacock to The Sun.
“We have lost a lovely, much-loved, talented member of our community,” he continued. Many others will be devastated by this loss.
“Right now, our priority is to help his family, friends, students, and teachers as they go through this tough time.”
The official England Twitter account shared a photo of the team’s homage with the words, “Rest in peace, Dylan Rich.” “Always on our minds.”
“We express our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and everyone at the club at this extremely difficult time,” the FA stated in a statement.
A statement from West Bridgford Colts read on Sunday: “It is with great sadness that, following the events of Thursday evening, we have to announce the tragic passing of Dylan Rich.
“This news has left everyone involved with our club devastated and heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Mike & Anna, his sister Lucy & Dylan’s family, friends and teammates.”
Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Mansfield town youth football club, and Boston United also shared messages of condolence on social media.