Footballer Jlloyd Samuel, who began career in Newham, killed in car crash
PUBLISHED: 16:08 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 15 May 2018
Tributes have been paid to footballer Jlloyd Samuel, who played for Newham-based Senrab FC as a boy, who has died in a car crash.
The 37-year-old is believed to have been returning home after dropping his children off at school in Cheshire when he was involved in a collision with a truck.
“We’ve received some terrible news that former national defender and ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning in England,” the Trinidad and Tobago FA said on its official Facebook page.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and his former national team-mates at this time extend deepest condolences to his family members both in the UK and here in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Samuel was born in the city of San Fernando in the south-west of Trinidad but moved to England as a youngster and represented London Schoolboys teams.
He played for Forest Gate club Senrab, which was also a starting point for the likes of Jermain Defoe, John Terry and Sol Campbell, before signing for Charlton Athletic.
He played youth football for Charlton before joining Aston Villa, where he made nearly 200 appearances between 1999 and 2007.
Samuel joined Bolton in 2007, where he made 83 appearances, and also had loan spells at Gillingham and Cardiff before ending his playing career in Iran.
Aston Villa announced that players would be wearing black armbands during tonight’s Championship play-off match against Middlesbrough as a mark of respect.
Senrab tweeted earlier: “Thoughts go out to the family of Jlloyd Samuel, killed today in a car crash. Another Senrab FC boy taken far too early.”
Former footballer Paul Konchesky, who was also on the Senrab books as a youngster, wrote: “Can’t believe the tragic news I’ve just heard about Jay Lloyd [sic] Samuel! My thoughts are with his family right now!”
In a statement, Cheshire Police said Samuel died following a crash involving his car and a van at High Legh, near Warrington.
A spokesman for the force said: “At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover.
“Sadly the driver of the car, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene.
“His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers.
“The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.”