Tributes paid to popular Poole footballer, 31, who died in his sleep

Bournemouth Echo: Shane Stanley, centre, in action for KC Transport Shane Stanley, centre, in action for KC Transport

TRIBUTES have been paid to a "kind and wonderful" footballer who died in his sleep on Friday.

Shane Stanley, who was just 31, had played for Poole Borough Football Club for around a decade.

The club announced his death on their Twitter feed.

Poole Borough chairman, Fred Thomas, told the Daily Echo: "It's absolutely horrendous.

"He was a kind, wonderful man, and very young. It has knocked us all sideways."

A statement released by the club reads: “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of club legend Shane Stanley, who passed away last night.

"Shane was a loved and respected member of the Boro family both on and off the pitch. Not only for his ability but also for his commitment and leadership.

"We along with everyone else are shocked and saddened by the news and we send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family and close friends whom are affected most by this horrendous news."

Contact us on 01202 411293, or newsdesk@bournemouthecho.co.uk, if you'd like to pay tribute to Mr Stanley.

Read Monday's Daily Echo for more.

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3:09pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Dorsetbaby says...

Saw this on lots of facebook statuses yesterday. Although I did not know him this is very sad news and my thoughts are with his children, wife, family and friends. R.I.P Shane.
Saw this on lots of facebook statuses yesterday. Although I did not know him this is very sad news and my thoughts are with his children, wife, family and friends. R.I.P Shane. Dorsetbaby

3:37pm Sun 19 Jan 14

VAGINADINER says...

RIP Shane.

....May you rest in peace.
RIP Shane. ....May you rest in peace. VAGINADINER

4:51pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Pragmagician says...

The office will be a sombre place this week. Best wishes to Shane's family. R.I.P.
The office will be a sombre place this week. Best wishes to Shane's family. R.I.P. Pragmagician

5:51pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Seethebestinlife says...

So tragic,R.I.P, young man. Enjoy football with the angels now. Thoughts live and prayers to the family ****
So tragic,R.I.P, young man. Enjoy football with the angels now. Thoughts live and prayers to the family **** Seethebestinlife

7:12pm Sun 19 Jan 14

watford1881 says...

Sad thing to happen.. Accept my condolences...
Sad thing to happen.. Accept my condolences... watford1881

7:26pm Sun 19 Jan 14

kenny73 says...

RIP shane you were a wonderful man, you will be missed by many people
RIP shane you were a wonderful man, you will be missed by many people kenny73

7:33pm Sun 19 Jan 14

GlennBowen says...

Shaner was a great man and friend. I was privileged to share many special times on and off the field with Shane. The best by far is when we won all 4 trophies playing for Hamworthy RBL. "Love big games G"
RIP mate.
Glenn Bowen (15)
Shaner was a great man and friend. I was privileged to share many special times on and off the field with Shane. The best by far is when we won all 4 trophies playing for Hamworthy RBL. "Love big games G" RIP mate. Glenn Bowen (15) GlennBowen

7:55pm Sun 19 Jan 14

tammy5583 says...

Shane no words can describe how many of us are feeling right now u was a lovely kind amazing man I has the chance and privalige to know and grow up with you you was there for me when I needed you and ill never forget that ill always love u and remember you thoughts are with ur mum and dad terry and sue ur wife vicky kids connor josh and ellie brother jimmy and sisters racheal and lisa and all ur family ur a star in its own rights sleep well our angel ****
Shane no words can describe how many of us are feeling right now u was a lovely kind amazing man I has the chance and privalige to know and grow up with you you was there for me when I needed you and ill never forget that ill always love u and remember you thoughts are with ur mum and dad terry and sue ur wife vicky kids connor josh and ellie brother jimmy and sisters racheal and lisa and all ur family ur a star in its own rights sleep well our angel **** tammy5583

7:57pm Sun 19 Jan 14

poolegirl13 says...

Such a wonderful man, thoughts are with his family at this time. Rip mate sleep tight x
Such a wonderful man, thoughts are with his family at this time. Rip mate sleep tight x poolegirl13

1:42am Mon 20 Jan 14

poolepaul says...

I had the pleasure to work with him a few years ago, and he was one of the most genuine and nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet. RIP buddy.
I had the pleasure to work with him a few years ago, and he was one of the most genuine and nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet. RIP buddy. poolepaul

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