Heartbreaking tributes paid to footie-mad boy, 11, who died suddenly in sleep

Tributes have flooded in for a ‘football mad’ 11-year-old who died suddenly in his sleep.

Alfie Humphreys was found by his mum on Friday after he didn’t wake up and the cause of death is unknown at this stage.

The talented footballer played for Widnes FC in Cheshire and he was a huge Everton fan.

And his mum, Nicola Whitfield, has paid an emotional tribute to her late son.

She said: "He was suCh a lovely boy and he had a heart of gold, and I know everyone says that about their children, but he would have done anything for anyone, especially me.

"He'd have done anything for me, absolutely anything. He was my best friend."

Alfie had started secondary school back in September and his mum said he couldn’t wait to get back to see his friends after lockdown.

Following his sudden death, a gofundme page has been set up in his memory, already raising more than £18,000 to help cover funeral costs and support Alfie’s family.

And stepmum Lisa Barton has reiterated how much of a joy he was to be around.

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"He was always out playing on his bike or his scooter, or playing football with his friends,” she said.

“He was very well-liked and very kind-hearted. He was never any trouble, ever.

"If he could help you in any way he really would, especially his family. If he could do anything for his family, he would.

"If his mum sent him to the shop it was never too much."

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Alfie’s love for football shone through and Lisa hopes that can be reflected at his funeral.

She added: “He's played football since school, but even in pictures of him as a toddler he had a football. He loved playing football and he was a massive Everton FC fan. His grandads are both massive fans.

"His mum lives in a cul-de-sac and when we give him his final send-off we'd love an Everton flag on every house.

"He loved Everton and couldn't wait to go [and see them]. I've asked all my neighbours to put flags out for him, he absolutely adored the club."

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