Lincolnshire Football Club ‘devastated’ by loss of 12-year-old en route to game

A junior football club says it is “devastated” after a 12-year-old died in a car crash on his way to a match in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Police were called to the village of West Lindsey in Bardney just before 10am on Sunday January 16, after receiving a report of a collision.

A Mercedes and a Ford Galaxy were both involved and the 12-year-old Ford passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lincolnshire Police said no one else involved in the crash suffered life-threatening or life-altering injuries.

Ted Vines.

The force named the victim last night as Ted Vines from Alford, releasing a statement from his family which said he was on his way to a football game when the accident happened.

Ted played for Alford Under-12s and the team’s game on Sunday was against HBW United at Branston.

Alford Town FC, which has two men’s teams and eight youth teams, has released a statement paying tribute to Ted Vines.

He said: “As a club we are devastated by this tragedy, he was a much loved member of his club.

“He always had a smile on his face and a laugh was never far away when Teddy was around. He will be sorely missed.

“Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Thank you for the messages of support.”

Tributes also paid to HBW United, the team Ted was due to play against, who said in a statement: “Our hearts go out to all of Ted’s family, friends and everyone at Alford Town FC. Ted was in road to play our U12s in Branston.Rest in peace young man.

Police attended the scene of a collision between two cars in the village of West Lindsey, Bardney.

The family statement paying tribute last night read: “Ted was loved by everyone – he was happy, fun and brilliant and had so many people who loved him.

“On Sunday he was on his way to play football for the Alford Under-12s at Branston as he was part of that team.

“Wherever he went, Ted made friends. He was a special part of the community for everyone.”

Lincolnshire Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident and those with information can call 101 quoting incident number 141 of January 16.

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