Worthing United FC pays tribute after two players die in Shoreham airshow crash on A27

Posted On 23 Aug 2015 at 4:57 pm

Tributes have been paid to two young men from Brighton and Hove who played for Worthing United FC and who died yesterday (Saturday 22 August).

Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone were on their way to play for Worthing when an aircraft crashed during the Shoreham airshow.

Jacob Schilt

Jacob Schilt

The pair are believed to have died when the Hawker Hunter aircraft hit the car that they were in on the A27 at Shoreham.

Nine others are believed to have died in the crash, including personal trainer Matt Jones, 24, from Littlehampton.

The club said: “Worthing United Football Club players Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt are both believed to be among the victims of yesterday’s tragic Shoreham airshow crash.

“Grimbles was our first team goalkeeper, 23 years of age and a huge talent, quiet and reserved but a brilliant player with a huge potential to go further in the game.

Matt Grimstone

Matt Grimstone

“Jacob, who was also 23 years of age, small in stature and a tenacious midfielder, also very skilful with an eye for goal.

“They were both essential members of last season’s double-winning squad, the most successful season in the club’s history.

“At this point we don’t know how or if we will cope with this. Worthing United is a family, part of the football family.

“We have been moved by the number of tributes to them that we have received from our fellow clubs and from the public.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the friends of Matt and Jacob.”

Worthing United team-mate Dean Gilmour described Mr Schilt and Mr Grimstone as “two absolute gents”.

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