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Oxford City Football Club director found dead at ground

Colin Taylor Image copyright Oxford City Football Club
Image caption Colin Taylor's body was discovered at the football ground in Marsh Lane

The managing director of Oxford City Football Club has been found dead at the team's ground.

The body of Colin Taylor was discovered by a member of the public at about 09:20 BST at the Marsh Lane site in Marston.

Thames Valley Police said his death was not thought to be suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner.

In a statement the club said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Colin's family and friends at this time."

It said the directors of the club made the announcement with the "deepest sadness".

Chairman Brian Cox, who had been friends with Mr Taylor for more than 25 years, said he was "shocked" by the news.

Image copyright Steve Daniels
Image caption Mr Taylor has been described as the 'heart and soul' of the club

A police spokeswoman said: "At this stage there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

"The next of kin have been informed. The family have asked for privacy at this very difficult time."

'Lovely bloke'

Scott Davies, who plays for the National League South team, said he was in "absolute shock".

"Only knew him for a short period of time but what a lovely bloke he was," he added.

Further tributes have been paid to Mr Taylor, thought to be in his 60s, on Twitter.

Christian Lawrence said: "Sad sad news this morning, RIP to Colin Taylor. A great man who was the heart and soul of Oxford City FC. You will be missed."

Susan Gibbens tweeted: "Such awful news, a true gentleman. Thoughts are with his family at this sad time. RIP Colin"

Rob Tutton, said: "Unbelievable & shocking news. Saw him yesterday at the first team game... [he] gave so much to the club".

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