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Former Wolves player found hanged

2013-03-10 17:52:16

Chris Dyson

A Midland footballer once on the books with Wolves has killed himself after developing an online gambling habit.

Chris Dyson, 28, from Cannock, Staffordshire, was found hanged in Dublin's Lansdowne Valley Park.

He had planned a top flight career with the Black Country club until a horror tackle wrecked his cruciate knee ligament.

The dad-of-three had a series of operations but never recovered full fitness, so began working as a football coach instead.

While at Wolves he began taking coaching courses and, within a couple of years, obtained his badges.

He successfully gained his UEFA A licence and had hoped one day to go into management.

His last role was at Knocklyon United - a team in Dublin - as head of coaching.

An inquest last week heard how Chris' body was found hanging in the park close to his home in the Drimnagh area, in February last year.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell recorded that the cause of his death was suicide at a hearing at Dublin Coroner's Court.

Dr Farrell heard evidence from Chris' wife, Emily Dyson, who said that she had discovered that Chris was spending money on gambling online.

During the hearing a statement was also read out from Jenna Ahlroth, who lived with Chris for a time in 2011, which stated that he had spoken to her about taking his life.

Last week a Facebook memorial page, set up by Chris's family, was inundated with tributes to him and messages of support for his family.

One from Adrian Sherwood states: "I was gobsmacked when I heard this news.

"I knew Chris as a young kid playing for Cannock. Before he came to Chase he was a very polite kid, so easy to relate to, and talented also.

"One lovely guy and very sad time for his family thinking of you."

While another by Trace Hollins simply reads: "Our thoughts are with you xxx."

Responding to earlier similar messages, Chris' family posted a note, stating: "It has been a very difficult year for a lot of people this year.

"Thank you all who have put messages on here for the family and memories of Chris.

"He was very special to a lot of people and will never be forgotten.

"Please keep leaving your memories, messages and anything you want on here as it is lovely to know that he was so loved by so many people and he touched so many lives.

"Christopher John Dyson 1984 - 2012 gone but never forgotten. Live Forever - loved and missed for a lifetime."

Chris began his job at Knocklyon - a youth team club based in Dublin - in December 2010, where his role was to oversee coaching across the outfit's 35 different sides.

His playing career also included a stint at Notts County.

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