CIRENCESTER Town Ladies Football Club has announced that their goalkeeper has died suddenly.
The club posted on Twitter that goalkeeper Carla Heaton has died at the age of 22.
It said: “It is with great sadness to say our goalkeeper Carla Heaton has suddenly passed away.
“We are all lost for words but what we can say is how much of a beautiful person you were inside and out.
“We all miss you and thank you for all the memories. RIP our number 1.”
It is with great sadness to say our goalkeeper Carla Heaton has suddenly passed away. We are all lost for words but what we can say is how much of a beautiful person you was inside and out. We all miss you and Thank you for all the memories. RIP our number 1🧤⚽️ @Carla_Heaton_GK pic.twitter.com/GKVL1OY5eo
— Cirencester Town Ladies (@TownCirencester) November 23, 2022
Before joining Cirencester, Carla played for Swindon Town Women FC, who have also paid tribute.
The club said: “It’s with great sadness that the club has learned the tragic news that our former goalkeeper Carla Heaton has passed away at the tender age of just 22.
“Carla brought a shining light to the dressing room with her personality, and her performances between the sticks were second to none.
“She will be greatly missed by the players in our current squad who were honoured to have known her and shared the pitch with her.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Goalie.”
Former Swindon coach Dan Jones said: “Devastated doesn’t express the half of it.
“Had the pleasure of working with Carla in my short time at the club, she was keen, eager to learn, to improve and a hugely lovable character. Thoughts with all her friends and family at this time.”
Other football clubs have also paid their respects with Exeter City Women FC saying: “Sending our condolences to you all as well Carla’s family and friends.”