Stoke City fan, 18, collapses at home and dies in hospitalMarch 2, 2019
Grieving parents of Stoke City FC worker wait for answers after the 18-year-old collapses and dies at home while they are on holiday
- Stoke City fan Oliver Marshall, 18, collapsed at his parents home last week
- His friends attempted CPR and called an ambulance to rush him to hospital
- His parents David and Kay Marshall were on holiday in Cumbria at the time
- The youngster and his father both worked on the turnstiles at Stoke City
Stoke City fan Oliver Marshall, 18, collapsed at his family home and died after being rushed to hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning
The grieving parents of an 18-year-old Stoke City fan are waiting for answers after their son’s shock death.
Stoke-on-Trent College student Oliver Marshall was pronounced dead in hospital after frantic friends called paramedics to the family’s home.
His parents – David and Kay Marshall – found out their son had died while they were on holiday in Cumbria. He also leaves behind his older brother Ben.
Both Mr Marshall and Oliver worked on the turnstiles at Stoke City FC.
Mr Marshall, aged 46, said: ‘We were away on holiday and I noticed I’d had a missed call on my phone at around 5.30am. I rang it back and it was the police who said Oliver had passed away.
‘He was at home enjoying himself with his friends. They attempted CPR and called an ambulance.
‘He went to hospital at around 3am but he died there and me and my wife Kay drove straight home that morning.’
Mr Marshall added: ‘We both used to have season tickets at Stoke and he started working on the turnstiles last season. I decided to join him this season and we both worked there together.
‘He loved everything about Stoke City, he’d go to every match and he followed them for most of his life. He loved football, he played for Cheadle SMU until he was 17. He was football mad.
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‘He was a Stoke City mascot when he was 11 for his birthday and managed to have a picture with Gordon Banks and he met various players after games.
‘We loved going to Stoke matches together and would listen to Praise and Grumble on our way out. It was our shared passion, football was mine and Oliver’s thing.’
The teenager previously attended Cheadle High School and JCB Academy.
Mr Marshal said: ‘He studied sport at Stoke-on-Trent College and started playing futsal for Port Vale, which we were really proud of him for.
Oliver Marshall, pictured with his hero Stoke City goal keeper Jack Butland
‘He wanted to go into coaching, and he’d talked about coaching disabled children. He was a caring person, his cousins have cerebral palsy and I think that inspired him to want to help others in similar situations.
‘He was hoping to get an apprenticeship with Stoke City when he finished college.’
He died in the early hours of Tuesday, February 19.
Mr Marshall said: ‘We last saw Oliver on the Saturday. He was just looking forward to his week on his own and was going to set up his own gym in the garage. I just miss him being here. It’s quiet without him. He’d often be upstairs on his Xbox and you could hear him talking to his friends, but now he’s just not there.
‘His friends are devastated. He’s been friends with them for years. They stayed with him and tried to save him and didn’t leave him.
‘He was a really popular lad, lots of his friends from college have been round and it’s been nice hearing them talk about him. It’s been really overwhelming, we didn’t realise how many friends he had. Everybody has lots of good things to say about him.
‘At his funeral both the Stoke City and Port Vale futsal teams are going to form a guard of honour outside the church and all the Cheadle SMU teams are going to have a minute’s silence on Sunday as well.’
A Stoke City spokesman said: ‘All at Stoke City were deeply saddened to learn of Oliver’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.’
Oliver was in his second year at Stoke-on-Trent College.
A college spokesman said: ‘We are shocked and saddened to hear Oliver has suddenly passed away. Oliver was a well-liked and talented sports student who was also a member of the Port Vale futsal team. We are providing support to his friends and tutors at this very sad time.’
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