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Grieving father of ‘talented’ footballer, 28, who took his own life says ‘I beg him not to’

Sam Jones, 28, was found by his family in a cemetery in Greater Manchester on the evening of July 23 last year – he was taken to hospital but sadly passed away three days later

Famous Wythenshawe Town FC soccer player Sam Jones passed away last July
Famous Wythenshawe Town FC soccer player Sam Jones passed away last July

A ‘particularly talented’ football player and teacher have been begged by his family not to take his own life, an inquest has heard.

Sam Jones, 28, from Denton, Tameside, Greater Manchester, was found by his family in a cemetery on the evening of July 23 and was later taken to hospital. However, he died three days later.

The inquest into Sam’s death heard that he contacted his mother around 9pm to say he was planning to take his own life.

Sam refused to tell them where he was, but his family said ‘they knew right away’ where he would be.

The inquest, held at South Manchester Coroner Court in Stockport, heard that his family knew he was going to the nearby cemetery where his grandmother is buried and, when Sam’s father Chris arrived there, , he saw that his son was contemplating taking his own life.

Emergency services were also called when Sam’s dad and brother tried to help him, reports MAN.







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The heartbroken father told the coroner: “I begged him not to do it.

Sam was initially taken to Tameside Hospital, and then transferred to the critical care unit at the Royal Manchester Infirmary. On July 25, Sam’s condition continued to deteriorate and sadly he passed away on July 26.

Senior coroner Alison Mutch, told Sam’s family: “I have to say the way you manage to do all of that in those circumstances says a lot about your commitment to trying. Try and do what’s best for him. I understand that it must be a very difficult situation for everyone.”

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Some of his organs were later successfully donated to those in need.

“It was one of Sam’s wishes so that’s what we chose to do,” Mr Jones told the court.

The coroner added: “It’s a tribute to your brevity as a family that even in his darkest hours, you wanted to follow his wishes. his son to make sure his organs are donated to give life to others even if he can’t live. Of course, it didn’t bring him back but I hope it serves as a little consolation at a very difficult time of grief. ”

The court heard how Sam joined Oasis Leesbrook Academy in Oldham in 2018 as a gym teacher but also regularly teaches science and math.







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The school describes him as an ‘exceptional and gifted teacher’ who is ‘respected and respected’ by staff, students and their parents.

Sam later became an assistant assistant at the academy and was ‘instrumental’ in developing the school’s culture.

Describing his son as a keen footballer, Mr Jones said his family was ‘extremely proud’ of the boy.

“He has a great love for sport,” he told the court. “He is very competitive – second place is not something he will accept. He plays semi-professionally and plays for several local teams including Wythenshawe Town FC.

“At 14, he was already an excellent goalkeeper. Two or three professional clubs even wanted to sign him as a goalkeeper but unfortunately he lost his love for it. He wants glory, he wants to score goals.

“He was the first in his family to go to college. Mom and Dad spent a lot of money and he went twice. We were very proud of him. ”

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The inquest heard nothing in Sam’s medical records showed that he had expressed any concerns about his mental health or had similar thoughts in the past.

Ms Mutch said: “There was no rumor in the past that this would happen to your son and was completely out of character.

It was a surprise for someone with such a promising career, Ms. Mutch said. No notes were found and nothing suspicious was noted in a toxicology report or police investigation.

The coroner said she could not attribute Sam’s death to suicide because there was no clear evidence that he fully understood the gravity of his actions. His death is therefore considered a consequence of asphyxiation.

Speaking to Sam’s family when she reached the conclusion, Ms Mutch said: “It’s clear that you love him very much and want to support him as much as you can. You were so close to him and wanted to make sure he had the best environment and the most support.

“That level of support showed on the day Sam was found. As a mother, I’m sure it was an unforgettable conversation.

“You totally got it right right away and I think it shows how well you know your son that you know he’s going to be in the cemetery.”

Ms Mutch added: “I can’t imagine this is something you’ll ever be able to forget. It sounds like you did everything you could to prevent it from happening, but unfortunately, despite your pleas to him, the damage was done.

“Those must have been very dark and difficult days for all of you.”

Samaritans are available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing jo@samaritans.org or visiting website to find your nearest branch. You have problems.

If you were affected by this story, there are many people who would be happy to talk to you:

The Samaritans

If you need to talk and don’t know where to turn, the Samaritans operate a toll-free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email jo@samaritans.org or visit website to find your local branch.

SANEline

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, the SANEline helpline is open from 16:30 pm to 10:30 pm daily on 0300 304 7000.

Mind

Mental health charity Mind has resources to help you cope and plan for a crisis. Visit their website for details on the helpline, how to access crisis services and what to do if you are unable to get help on your own.

* In case of emergency, dial 999 for emergency help

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