Tributes flooded social media after Carla Heaton, who played for Cirencester Town Ladies Football Club, died suddenly at the age of 22.
“It is with great sadness to say our goalkeeper Carla Heaton has suddenly passed away,” the club wrote on Twitter.
“We are all lost for words but what we can say is how much of a beautiful person you was inside and out. We all miss you and Thank you for all the memories. RIP our number 1🧤⚽️ @Carla_Heaton_GK.”
It is with great sadness to say our goalkeeper Carla Heaton has suddenly passed away. We are all lost for words but what we can say is how much of a beautiful person you was inside and out. We all miss you and Thank you for all the memories. RIP our number 1🧤⚽️ @Carla_Heaton_GK pic.twitter.com/GKVL1OY5eo
— Cirencester Town Ladies (@TownCirencester) November 23, 2022
After spending most of her young career at Swindon Town Women, the side said they would be honouring their former team during their FA Cup second round against Plymouth Argyle on Sunday, November 27.
Town’s captain Alice Bowden called Heaton “a great player, but also a great person” and hoped her side “can do [Carla] proud” during the FA Cup clash at the weekend.
“It’s going to be for Carla,” she said.
The cause of her death is currently unknown.
Hundreds of tributes were paid to the young talented footballer.
Former club Swindon Town wrote: “It’s with great sadness that the club has learned the tragic news that our former goalkeeper Carla Heaton has passed away at the tender age of just 22.”
It’s with great sadness that the club has learned the tragic news that our former goalkeeper Carla Heaton has passed away at the tender age of just 22 pic.twitter.com/srbZ0AyZCb
— Swindon Town WFC (@SwindonTownWFC) November 23, 2022
Five Top Tweets:
It is with great sadness that our former @SwindonTownWFC goalkeeper Carla Heaton has passed away.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.#STFC 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/rzEl9YKmLc
— Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) November 24, 2022
Such sad news has reached us that one of our former GKs has sadly passed away, just 22 years of age 😔
Carla Heaton was a colourful character and won GK of the Month in October 2014 & went on to play for Swindon Town Women FC
Thoughts go out to her family & friends, sad loss 💔 pic.twitter.com/7eWsZ73tNv
— Steve Hale (@SteveHaleGK) November 23, 2022
❤️Just heard the terrible news of the passing of Carla Heaton aged just 22. We are completely stunned by this news at J4K, and our thoughts are with her family and friends. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gmvCAqfdzj
— Just4keepers (@Just_4_keepers) November 24, 2022
Rest in Peace Goalie… From one keeper to another, keep saving those shots, even from the sky. Condolences to all your friends and family ❤️
— Paul Robertson (Robbo) (@PaulRobbo883) November 24, 2022
This is so sad, reading all the tributes, Carla was everything you’d expect from a goalkeeper (they’re almost invariably great people, not afraid to be individuals) & that makes it even more of a loss. #GKUnion https://t.co/EiA0BYZpmS
— Paul Furley (@PFurls) November 24, 2022
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