FRIENDS of tragic Shaun Thompson say they will “never forget” their best mate.
Tributes have poured in for the 22-year-old former Highfield High School pupil who died on Sunday.
Friends of the well known local amateur footballer, who played for Foxhall Juniors FC when he was younger, say Mr Thompson ‘brought nothing but smiles to their faces’.
Frank Marr, chairman of Foxhall Juniors FC, said Shaun’s former team mates planned to get a shirt with his player number 11 printed on it, which they will then all sign as a lasting tribute to him.
He said: “It’s just unbelievable. His friends are going to miss him badly, we are all very upset.
“He joined Foxhall when he was nine and played right through until he was 17. He was a great footballer and a great athlete.
“I only saw his dad the other day and he was saying how well he was getting on.
“Everyone at Foxhall sends his family our condolences.”
Mr Thompson, who attended Thames Primary School, was found hanged at home on Windermere Road in South Shore on Sunday afternoon.
Friend and neighbour Martin Baird, 20, plays for Quilligans football team –part of the Blackpool and the Fylde Sunday Alliance – and dedicated a goal to Shaun during the Gledhill Cup Final at Bloomfield Road on Monday.
He said: “You don’t expect anything like this, Shaun had everything going for him.
“We were playing against Fleetwood Gym and won 2-0.
“I wanted to dedicate my goal to him – he was such a lovely lad and a credit to his family.
“It’s a massive shock to everyone who knew him.”
Shaun’s closest friends Keiran Traynor, Jamie Hardman, Jack Bridgeman, Liam Jenks, Sholto Penn and Brad Dugdale, said they felt Shaun was like a member of their family.
They played seven-a-side football with Shaun – who worked at Victrex chemical plant in Thornton – every week.
In a tribute, they wrote: “Shaun, we’re all going to miss you mate, you were loved by so many purely for being a top lad and the best friend anyone could ask for.
“We weren’t just friends we were family.
“You could strut your stuff on the dance floor like no-one else, you were the king of Coco’s nightclub.
“Washing up liquid (football team) won’t be the same without you but we will carry on in your memory.
“Over the years you have brought nothing but smiles to our faces, we will never forget you brother.
“Hope you’re at peace and we know you are looking down on us. We love you Shaun, your boys Jenks, Jack, Traynor, Jay, Sholto and Brad.”