The heartbroken dad of a teenager who died suddenly while his parents were on holiday has paid tribute to the "caring" football fan.
Oliver Marshall had talked about coaching disabled children and hoped to get an apprenticeship at his beloved Stoke City FC once he finished college, Stoke On Trent Live reports.
The 18-year-old, who worked on the turnstiles at the bet365 Stadium, died in hospital after his frantic friends called for an ambulance.
He’d been at home, in Cheadle, Staffordshire, with pals when tragedy struck on February 19.
Parents David and Kay Marshall were away on holiday in Cumbria at the time and are still waiting for answers into their son’s shock death.
Grieving dad David, 46, paid tribute to his "football mad" son.
"We last saw Oliver on the Saturday," he said.
"He was just looking forward to his week on his own and was going to set up his own gym in the garage.
"I just miss him being here. It’s quiet without him.
"He’d often be upstairs on his Xbox and you could hear him talking to his friends, but now he’s just not there.
"His friends are devastated. He’s been friends with them for years. They stayed with him and tried to save him and didn’t leave him.
"He was a really popular lad, lots of his friends from college have been round and it’s been nice hearing them talk about him.
"It’s been really overwhelming, we didn’t realise how many friends he had. Everybody has lots of good things to say about him.
"At his funeral both the Stoke City and Port Vale futsal teams are going to form a guard of honour outside the church and all the Cheadle SMU teams are going to have a minute’s silence on Sunday as well."
Oliver, a sport student at Stoke-on-Trent College, discovered his love of football as a youngster and regularly attended matches with his doting dad.
"We both used to have season tickets at Stoke and he started working on the turnstiles last season," David continued.
"I decided to join him this season and we both worked there together.
"He loved everything about Stoke City, he’d go to every match and he followed them for most of his life. He loved football, he played for Cheadle SMU until he was 17. He was football mad.
"He was a Stoke City mascot when he was 11 for his birthday and managed to have a picture with Gordon Banks and he met various players after games.
"We loved going to Stoke matches together and would listen to Praise and Grumble on our way out. It was our shared passion, football was mine and Oliver’s thing."
He continued: "He wanted to go into coaching, and he’d talked about coaching disabled children.
"He was a caring person, his cousins have cerebral palsy and I think that inspired him to want to help others in similar situations."
Recalling the day Oliver died, David said he noticed he had a missed call on his phone at around 5.30am while he and Kay were away on holiday.
"I rang it back and it was the police who said Oliver had passed away," he said.
"He was at home enjoying himself with his friends. They attempted CPR and called an ambulance.
"He went to hospital at around 3am but he died there and me and my wife Kay drove straight home that morning."
Stoke City fans are being urged to join a minute’s applause in the 19th minute of this afternoon’s Championship match against Nottingham Forest in Oliver’s memory.
A Stoke City spokesman said: “All at Stoke City were deeply saddened to learn of Oliver’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
Oliver was in his second year at Stoke-on-Trent College.
A college spokesman said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear Oliver has suddenly passed away. Oliver was a well-liked and talented sports student who was also a member of the Port Vale futsal team.
"We are providing support to his friends and tutors at this very sad time."
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