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West Bromwich Albion fan dies in front of his twin as they play football

2015-05-20 08:01:36

Miles ReidMiles Reid, right, with his twin brother Dane

A football-crazy West Bromwich Albion fan collapsed and died aged just 21 during a soccer training session with his twin brother.

Miles Reid, who was studying at Birmingham City University, suffered a cardiac arrest in Shirley Park, Solihull on Saturday afternoon.

The aspiring teacher’s twin, Dane, was by his side when he collapsed during practice with Solihull J’s FC.

The pair were due to attend Albion’s game against Chelsea, who Dane supports, on Monday night.

Miles ReidMiles Reid, left, and brother Dane at their sister Carly's graduation

Their sister Carly, who is working as a teacher in Russia, described Miles as an “the most extraordinary person I know”.

The 28-year-old, who has flown home from Moscow to support her family, said: “We are all distraught.

“Miles was so kind and no words can explain how much he means to me and the rest of my family.

“He had been playing alongside Dane and his friends and had complained of not feeling well.

“He sat down and then collapsed.

“They called an ambulance and the paramedics said he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

“It does not seem real.

“I keep thinking he will walk in and I will get to see him again.

“He was due to visit Russia next month.

“I last saw him when we travelled to London to sort out his visa at Easter.”

Miles ReidMiles Reid after winning a football trophy

Miles, from Sheldon, went to Solihull’s Lyndon School and then Solihull Sixth Form.

Lyndon tweeted on Saturday: "RIP Miles, our thoughts are with all your family and friends x."

The 6ft 4in student, who regularly played football and basketball, had just completed his second year at university and was training to become an early years teacher.

He was with his girlfriend, Mollie, for more than four-and-a-half years and had another brother, 33-year-old Villa fan Craig.

Now Manchester United supporter Carly has written to the four clubs the quartet followed asking for their help to arrange a tribute to Miles.

She said: “Miles supported West Brom and went to countless games.

“I support Manchester United, his twin brother supports Chelsea and Craig supports Villa.

"Football brought us all together on countless occasions.

“I would love it if the captains of our four teams wore tops with ‘Miles 21’ on the back.

“I don’t know if it is possible, but I am trying my best to organise some kind of tribute to him.

“He means everything to me and I can’t describe what he has done for me and his family.”

An inquest into the tragedy is due to open in Birmingham later this week.

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