League Two: Mansfield confirm death of 18-year-old striker Evans

Mansfield Town youth team captain Ryan Evans dies aged 18
Mansfield Town youth team captain Ryan Evans dies aged 18

Mansfield have confirmed the death of the club’s 18-year-old striker Ryan Evans.

The forward, who was the captain of the Stags’ Under-18 performance group, died recently at home.

He had accepted a place in the club’s Under-21 squad ahead of next season.

Academy coach Jamie McGuire told the club’s official site: “We are all desperately sorry to learn of this news and our thoughts and prayers are sent to Ryan’s family at this sad time.

“As a player, Ryan was a fantastic leader, always willing to learn and had a never-ending enthusiasm to do the best he could. It was for these reasons, amongst others, that I made him my captain last season.

“We’ll remember him as a smiling young man, with a great energy and charm.”

Chief executive officer Carolyn Radford added: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Ryan’s passing; a young and talented footballer who was looking forward to U21s football with us next season.

“To lose someone so young is heartbreaking for Ryan’s family and as a club we will support them in every way we can.

“Our heartfelt thoughts are with Ryan’s loved ones, whist we will remember Ryan and his family in our prayers.”

PA Sport