REDDITCH United have confirmed that a minute’s applause will be held before this weekend’s game against Bromsgrove Sporting in memory of midfielder Thomas Rankin who tragically died, aged 26, last Sunday, March 27.
The club announced the shocking news of Rankin’s death last Sunday just 24 hours after he played in their match against AFC Rushden and Diamonds.
The club tweeted: “Redditch United are devastated to hear of passing of midfielder Thomas Rankin.
“Tom has been with the Reds for the past three seasons and his loss will be felt by all at the Club. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
A cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
Rankin’s parents Bob and Wendy also released a statement on Facebook saying that their son’s death has left the family devastated.
The statement read: “Tom you are the best son, you have always made us so proud, you are our world.
“There are no words for how much we will miss you. You have achieved so much in your short life. We would give everything to have you back with us.
“Rest in peace with all our love Mum and Dad.”
Reds manager Matt Clarke tweeted: “Life is so precious people. We often take things for granted, I know I do… certain things aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things.
“A special person left us today and words cannot describe how special this lad was.”
Redditch held a meeting earlier this week and, following discussions with players and the Rankin family, confirmed this weekend’s match with Bromsgrove would go ahead.
Rankin also played for Sporting during his career with a number of tributes, including the minute’s applause, discussed for Saturday’s match at the Victoria Ground, kick-off 3pm.