THE funeral for a long-serving Camp Hill rugby star takes place today (Friday) with mourners expected to turn up in replica rugby shirts in his memory.
Tom Ulliott collapsed and died on September 20 while enjoying a night out with his friends on Broad Street in Birmingham. It is understood his death was from natural causes.
The 28-year-old, right, who represented the Haslucks Green Road club for over 10 years had recently started to coach the junior side that he once played for.
And Nick Freeman, chairman of the mini and junior section, said that was typical of the sort of man he was.
"Tom decided he wanted to put something back into the game and his club by becoming a coach," said Nick.
"He was a great club man, and someone who would turn out and play in any position for a team as required.
"Tom loved his rugby and was very popular around the club."
Paul Twilby, another official at Camp Hill said: "Everyone at the club is shocked and shattered by his death at such an early age."
Last week after Camp Hill's Midland Division Two league game the club held a collection and raised over £750. The money will now be used to provide a memorial for him at the club, and any money remaining will be sent to his Shirley-based parents to donate to charity.
Tom's dad, Gary Ulliott is a former Camp Hill player and both Gary and his wife Jackie are long-term supporters of the club.
The funeral at Robin Hood Cemetery and Crematorium starts at 1.30 today(Friday).