Worksop youth footballers honour Widnes FC player who died suddenly, aged 11

Over 20 young players from a Worksop football club completed 100 laps of their gardens in tribute to an 11-year-old boy who died in his sleep last month.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 12:43 pm

Youth players aged 6 to 13 from Laughton FC put in the laps raising money for the family of Alfie Humphreys - who died suddenly in February.

The youngster - who played for Cheshire grassroots team Widnes FC - was described as having “a heart of gold” by mum Nicola Whitfield.

Speaking about “football mad” Alfie, mum Nicola, 35, told Liverpool Echo: “He was such a lovely boy.”

Worksop's Laughton FC under-12s side

She added: “He would have done anything for anyone, especially me.

"He'd have done anything for me, absolutely anything. He was my best friend."

Worksop nurse Raeanne Foster, whose son Harry plays for Laughton FC, described how she “sobbed for days” after hearing the news and felt compelled to show her support.

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Alfie Humphries, of Widnes FC, who died suddenly last month

The mum-of-two asked other young players - along with her son - to run 100 laps in their gardens in honour of Alfie and to raise money for his heartbroken family.

She said: “When Harry heard about it he was so sad - he’s getting a bit older now so I think it hit home a bit.

“But I’m really pleased because a lot of the older players took part as well - it’s quite unusual for 13-year-olds to do something like this.

“When I read about what happened I was so shocked and wanted to do something for his family at club level.”

Raeanne has recorded a video of Worksop youngsters doing their laps for Alfie.

You can make a donation to Alfie’s family at

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