Players pay tribute to former Hardly Athletic player Jack Wilcox

Swansea University Intramural Football League paid tribute to former Hardly Athletic player Jack Wilcox with a minute’s silence before Sunday’s fixtures.

Wilcox, who graduated from Swansea University last year, tragically passed away on the fifth of February after a motorcycle accident.

He was a regular fixture in the Hardly Athletic line-up between 2009 and 2011, and a familiar face in the Intramural Football League.

Laurence Hodgkins, Head of Intramural, said: “It [Jack’s death] was a sad day for Intramural and our condolences go out to the friends and family of Jack.

“We held a personal tribute in the form of a minute’s silence before Sunday’s games to show our respects.”

Current Hardly Athletic captain Alex Doney remembered Wilcox fondly: “Jack was one of the nicest and genuine guys anyone will meet, and would help anyone out if he could.

“Down to earth, driven, the ladies loved him but he couldn’t dance! This sums him up quite well; he will be missed by all his friends and family.”

And former captain Arwel Davies expressed similar thoughts: “I’m honoured to have led such a guy who certainly wasn’t afraid to voice an opinion. I wish he played more games really.

“I remember one Wednesday I asked ‘where’s Jack boys?’ as he hadn’t turned up. It turned out he got a flight to Austria the night before for a random two-week holiday. Gutted I didn’t get to know him on a more personal level.”

Friends and fellow footballers took to the Intramural Facebook page to offer their condolences.

Richard Fouracre stated: “Terrible news, a top bloke. Condolences to all friends and family. R.I.P”

Sion Rhys Davies added: “Solid player both in the Intramural League and in UK Beach Sports, and just a top bloke. Huge loss.”

Many showed their appreciation for how Jack’s on-field positivity was mirrored in everyday life.

Paul Banfield said: “RIP Jack-trick Swayze! A top bloke, always with a positive attitude in life, you will be missed.”

Amy Dibble added: “Always one with the jokes and made us laugh, we will all miss you and your smile and charm.

“Love you Jack, will definitely have a few for you tonight.”

A minute silence will be performed before the next round of matches in memory of Jack Wilcox.

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