The family of a Brentford granddad killed after a Sunday league football game in Harlington have today paid tribute to the loving family man.
Stephen Ritchie, 43, of Whitestile Road, died from head injuries sustained during an alleged altercation after the match at Little Harlington Playing Fields, Sipson Lane.
The incident occured just after the final whistle following his team Old Greenfordians' 4-3 victory over Kingshill Town in the Hayes and District Sunday League Division One.
In a statement released today by his partner Tracie, daughters Lauren and Lucy, his mum Lily Hutter, step father Louis Hutter and brother Dave Ritchie, they said he would be 'sorely missed'.
"The devastating death of Steve last Sunday has suddenly removed from his family and friends a good-humoured, family man and a keen sports fan," they said.
"Steve's love of football was well known but the memories held by his family are also of determination to get the best out of each day, willingness to help, love of family life and finding laughter and humour in all of life's daily adventures."
They also said Stephen was close to his daughter Leah and was 'incredibly proud' when she and partner Greg had a daughter Isabella in April last year.
"There is no possible way that the family can begin to comprehend what has happened to Steve, his presence in their lives was bigger than his shadow," they added.
"Everyone who knew Steve from his many interests will however agree that he would not want sadness or despair to be his memory."
"He would insist that only the good thoughts must be carried forward and that will be the epitaph of a good father, brother, grandfather, son and man."
Darren Forwood, 20, of Frays Avenue, West Drayton, was charged with Mr Richie's murder on Tuesday, while Brandon Thompson, 20, of Widmore Road, Hillingdon, was charged with ABH.