A memorial match will take place to honour ‘an incredibly talented football player’ who tragically died three days before his 24th birthday.
Tom Clark, 23, of Pitshanger in Ealing , died suddenly on Wednesday October 15.
His football team Pitshanger Dynamo are playing a tribute match against his former team the Brentham Club on Saturday (November 15) wearing black armbands with a minute’s silence, a presentation of flowers to the family and post-match drinks.
Close friend and fellow football team player Simon Hearn described Mr Clark as a genuinely nice guy who was everybody’s friend.
Mr Hearn, 27, who lived in Pitshanger but recently moved to Shepherds Bush, said: “The best thing you can say about somebody is that you cannot find anything bad to say.
“His brother Alex’s speech at the funeral was phenomenal, it just made you smile. I think people walked away and said I did not realise how much Tom had achieved. He was an absolutely phenomenal sportsman, an amazing rugby player, he enjoyed tennis, and was an incredibly talented football player. He was also an academic.
“Tom had been in the Pitshanger area since he was born. He played in Pitshanger FC from age six to 18. As an adult he did one season at the Brentham club and then played for Pitshanger Dynamo since we set up the club in 2010.”
Mr Clark was due to go to the Tottenham v Man City game at the City of Manchester stadium on his birthday (October 18) so his friends decided to go in his honour and got his name on the back of their shirts.
They made a banner saying ‘Happy Birthday T, RIP x’ as everybody called him T, as well as organising for the whole stadium to cheer and clap on the 24th minute.
Mr Hearn, who went to St Benedict’s school with Mr Clark and worked at Chancery Lane’s Octagon sports marketing company with him, added: “Tom Clark was trending on Twitter at the time, the momentum was incredible.”
The funeral was held on October 30 at Ealing Abbey with about 600 people.
Mr Clark leaves behind his 26-year-old brother Alex and parents Sue and John Clark.
The family has set up a donation page which has raised £8,000 so far for Nordoff Robbins which provides music for social change and for the Ealing Samaritans where Tom’s father is a volunteer. To donate go to donateinmemory.everydayhero.com/uk/tom-clark-memorial-1 .