Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a respected and loyal football coach after his tragic death. 

Dave Peacock, who was involved with Redcar Football Club for nearly 30 years, died recently, the club has announced. 

In a statement published on the club's website on Monday (October 31), Redcar FC confirmed the tragic news of the football coach's passing, while paying tribute to the "true gentleman" that "touched so many lives".

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In the club statement, Redcar FC said: "It is with huge sadness that over the weekend, the club learnt of the very sad passing of Dave Peacock.

"Dave has been involved with the Football Club for nearly 30 years, whether it was managing or coaching teams, coaching goalkeepers or just being a shoulder to lean on for advice, guidance and support.

"Dave was always willing to give his valuable time to help develop players at the Football Club.

"As well as a colleague, he was a great friend, a true gentleman who had a massive passion for the club, football and the local community and he touched so many lives, he was an inspiration.

"Loved by everyone, he was loved throughout the grassroots football community.

"His legacy will live on through all of the young footballers he loved coaching, he will never be forgotten but will be very sadly missed by everyone at Redcar Athletic Football Club.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Carole, David, Clare and the rest of the family.

"RIP Dave".

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