Tributes are paid to popular Dudley football man

Tributes have been made to a popular youth team football coach who has died aged 36 after falling in his Dudley home.

Darren Owen
Darren Owen

Father-of-two Darren Owen, who managed Stourbridge Football Club Under-11s, was hailed for his work with the youngsters. Neighbours said that they believed Mr Owen fell while collecting Christmas decorations from the loft in his home.

He died in Russells Hall Hospital on Saturday night due to head injuries following the fall.

He leaves behind his wife Becky and two children Luke, who plays for the club, and Joe. Yesterday Mrs Owen said she was too upset to talk and was ‘struggling to get my head together’ following her husband’s death.

Stourbridge Football Club director Andy Bullingham said the club had been in contact with the family.

The club cancelled last Sunday’s game as a mark of respect. He said: “We know he fell from his attic and was found by his wife.

“Paramedics were called and he was put on a ventilator, but died in hospital.”

Under 11s assistant manager Peter Thompson said: “I don’t think anyone can quite yet believe what has happened. Darren was a great man.”

The side’s administrator Simon Westwood also paid tribute. He said: “All of our thoughts and prayers are with Darren’s family, Becky, Luke and Joe, at this tragic time. Darren was a great manager but most importantly a great person.

“Darren was not in football for self gain, he was in it foremost for the kids.”

He added: “We would like to thank all the people and other clubs, managers and coaches who have passed their condolences.”

Black Country coroner Robin Balmain opened an inquest into his death yesterday. It was adjourned for investigation.

Leave your tributes to Darren Owen in the comments below:

Comments for: "Tributes are paid to popular Dudley football man"

Paul Gibbons

Sorry so sorry

Did Darren once play for Albion U17 team ??

I was the coach

Can someone email me at gibbopaul@yahoo.com

Lee

Darren was a close work friend of mine, a brilliant mind who taught me a lot. Awful loss for someone so gifted and talented.

Andy

Couldn't believe this when I read it last night, I didn't know him but my son goes to the Barazilian Soccer School at the Dell on a Thursday evening and Darren used to take his son too, I never spoke to him but he seemed a nice guy, a sad loss to his family and the local junior football community

anonimous

i went to school with darrens sister and cant believe what has happened my thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Lindsey Holmes

Heartbreaking for Becky, Luke and Joe and the rest of the family, I always thought what a lovely and happy family they were, Darren was a brilliant dad as Becky is a fantastic mom and i know she will stay strong for the sake of the boys. RIP Darren.

Angeline Johnson (venables)

Such sad sad news. I went right through school with Daz, from nursery to leaving. He was a great lad and close friend at school, always a gent. 'lads wanted to be him and girls wanted to be with him' We didn't keep in touch but I saw him at a bustleholme footy festival a couple of years ago with his son, and was obviously so happy and doing well for himself.

Thoughts and prayers with his family, can't begin to imagine what they are going through. R.I.P Daza x