Daniel Wilkinson: Non-league footballer dies after collapsing on pitch

Daniel Wilkinson
Daniel Wilkinson signed his first professional contract with Hull in 2010

A non-league footballer has died after collapsing on the pitch during a match on Monday, his club has announced.

Shaw Lane defender Daniel Wilkinson, 24, collapsed during a cup game at Brighouse Town's St Giles Road stadium.

The former Hull City youngster was treated on the pitch before being taken to Halifax's Calderdale Royal Hospital.

"I don't know how we move on," Craig Elliot, manager of the Barnsley-based Shaw Lane, told BBC Sport. "He was such a great lad. It's just devastating."

The club, who play in Northern Premier League Division One South, led the Integro League Cup game 2-0 when Wilkinson collapsed with an hour played.

The match was subsequently abandoned.

"Everyone went to the hospital," added Elliot. "We all deal with it in different ways, but we just have to support the family as much as we can.

"His mum and dad are such brave people. We signed him in pre-season, he had just finished university at Loughborough and moved in with his girlfriend in Sheffield."

Wilkinson started his career at Hull City, before loan moves to Harrogate Town and North Ferriby United.

He later played for Loughborough University, Scarborough Athletic and Goole, joining Shaw Lane from Rushall Olympic in the summer.

"The club would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt messages," said Shaw Lane chairman Craig Wood in a statement.

"There are no more words at this time."

In their own statement, Brighouse said: "Words are not enough to capture the complete sense of despair and desolation that surrounds the club this morning following last night's tragic event.

"Our thoughts and support also go out to our footballing friends at Shaw Lane and huge thanks also must be paid to the volunteers and emergency response teams who tried valiantly to save Dan's life.

"Rest in peace young man - the world is a poorer place without you."

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League has asked fans, players and officials to observe a minute's silence at fixtures this week to mark Wilkinson's death.

It happened just a day after former Burkina Faso international Ben Idrissa Derme died while playing for amateur side AJ Biguglia in the French Cup.

Football pays tribute

Hull City tweet their condolences
Hull City tweeted their condolences
The Professional Footballers Association said that their thoughts were with Wilkinson's family, friends and former team-mates
The Professional Footballers Association said that their thoughts were with Wilkinson's family, friends and former team-mates
Former footballer and boxing professional Curtis Woodhouse managed Wilkinson when he was at Goole
Former footballer and boxing professional Curtis Woodhouse managed Wilkinson when he was at Goole
The Football Association also reacted to the news
The Football Association also reacted to the news
Former club Rushall Olympic said "a nicer guy and more committed footballer you would not meet"
Former club Rushall Olympic said "a nicer guy and more committed footballer you would not meet"
Evo-Stik league tweet their condolences
The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League sent their thoughts to Wilkinson's family
Athersley Recreation
Shaw Lane's local rivals, Athersley Recreation, tweeted their condolences
Championship club Barnsley shared their "great sadness" at the news
Nearby Championship club Barnsley shared their "great sadness" at the news
Bristol City goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell said it was "horrible news"
Bristol City goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell said it was "horrible news"
Wilkinson's former club Scarborough also shared their shock at the news
The defender's former club Scarborough Athletic also shared their shock