A 68-year-old man named Arthur Eade has died after being struck by a car as he travelled to Manchester United’s home fixture against Sunderland on Saturday morning. Arthur Eade was from Sunderland but was a Manchester United fan and had travelled to Manchester on the morning of the game. The Tragic collision occurred at 11.30am just hours before the match was scheduled to begin. Eade collided with a Nissan Qashqai as he attempted to cross Europa Way, near to Wharfside Way.
He was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, and died overnight. Greater Manchester Police have said that the driver of the Nissan stopped at the scene and is now helping the police with their enquiries. Police are appealing to anyone to come forward if they have captured the incident on their dash cam. Just 25 minutes after Eade was hit a second serious crash happened elsewhere on Europa Way, which saw seven people injured and taken to hospital.
Eade’s family has been paying tribute to the army veteran and recently retired HGV driver, saying that football was his “passion”. They also added “There is a huge hole in our lives and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him”. A Go Fund Me page has been created by Liam Waters, the manager of Mr. Eade’s grandson’s junior football team, to raise money for a floral tribute in memory of Mr. Eade.
Liam Waters has elicited an insight in to the compassion that Mr. Eade had for football, he said “He was a devout follower of football at all levels, and ever present at our training sessions, even when his grandson was not in attendance”.
On Sunday evening Sunderland AFC took to Twitter in order to pay homage to the recently deceased, they stated, “Our sincere condolences to family + friends of Arthur Eade”. Sunderland Echo’s Facebook page has been overwhelmed with heartfelt tributes to Mr. Eade.
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