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Footballer dad dies in car crash

PUBLISHED: 13:03 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:00 25 August 2010

A FORMER footballer has died in a car crash during a trip to South Africa. Father of two, Stuart White, 46, who played in midfield for Welling United, is thought to have died on Sunday, although full details still remain unclear.

A FORMER footballer has died in a car crash during a trip to South Africa.

Father of two, Stuart White, 46, who played in midfield for Welling United, is thought to have died on Sunday, although full details still remain unclear.

Mr White, who lived in Ashford, played for the football club for 13 years from 1982.

Paul Carter, 46, who writes match reports for the Times and the club, knew Mr White since he was 18.

He said: "He was a great guy and a terrific player. His death has come as a huge shock to everyone. He scored the greatest goal I have ever seen. It was during a game against Enfield in 1990. He kept going with the ball on his own and finished it off fantastically."

Mr Carter, who has worked closely with Welling United Football Club for many years, added: "He always had a smile on his face but he had his moments."

Tributes have also been posted for Mr White on the Welling United message board.

A spokesperson for the club said: "White was a popular player at Park View Road with some memorable goals and such a brilliant character.

"He will be sorely missed.

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