Tributes paid to football fan

Nicholas Jackson of Sherburn-in-Elmet who died at the weekend while on holiday in Blackpool.
Nicholas Jackson of Sherburn-in-Elmet who died at the weekend while on holiday in Blackpool.
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Tributes have paid to a well-loved community man whose life was tragically cut short at the weekend.

Nick Jackson, 45, was involved in Sherburn White Rose football club for more than 20 years and was assistant manager to the second team after managing them for six or seven years.

The former Sherburn High School pupil died at the weekend after collapsing on holiday in Blackpool in the early hours of Saturday October 29. The cause of death, has not yet been established.

Wayne Day, Manager at Sherburn White Rose Football Club, said Nick would be sorely missed at the club.

“Nick was a well-loved guy and he will certainly be missed around here. His death has come as a huge shock.

“Nick to me, was loving, jovial, friendly, would help anybody. He would help out as much as possible, even in the smallest things which often went unnoticed at the club.

“We decided to go ahead with the game at the weekend as this is what Nick would have wanted.

“We held a minute silence before the game for him and wore black armbands. Even though I think some of the lads didn’t want to play for a full 90 minutes, they still went out there and played.”

“We did win the game 3-0 and I think he would have been proud of us playing out there. It would have done Nick proud.”

Nick, lived in Sherburn with his mum Joan until she died three months ago and has a brother, Martin, who lives in the York area.

Ellie Sutcliffe, a club official at Sherburn White Rose FC, said Nick’s death has come as a huge shock to everybody.

“I considered Nick a true friend. He was such a nice man and he will be sorely missed here.

“I had known Nick for 20 odd years and he used to come down to the club every week.

“We are all very shocked by the news.”

Nick’s life-long friend Mark Westmorland, of Sherburn, said he was extremely shocked and paid tribute to the man he had grown up with.

“I know people say this when people have died but everyone who knew him loved him.

“He was bubbly and larger than life.”

Mark knew Nick very well.

“There was only two weeks between our birthdays.

“We were born in the same hospital and we grew up together.

“When my parents moved away from Sherburn when I was a teenager, I lived with Nicholas and his parents.

“He was my best man at my wedding.”

Mark added that Nick would be a great loss to the White Rose football club.

“All the lads knew him.

He was the manager of the team for about six or seven years before Wayne Day arrived.

“He always organised the trips to Blackpool, usually taking over 20 with him.

But this time only about five went because he said he didn’t want to chase people for the money.”

“He will be a big loss to us all.”

Mark said Nick, who worked for transport at British Gypsum in Sherburn, also had other sporting interests.

He played cricket and held a Wetherby League record for nine wickets for ten runs.

Nick’s partner Shannon Haynes-O’Brien lives in Denver Colorado but they had been seeing each other for two years and Nick was due to go over there in the New Year. funeral has been provisionally booked for November 12.

The wake is expected to take place at the White Rose Football Club headquarters.

There will be a minutes applause before the match on Sunday, in tribute to Nick.