THE funeral of a Solihull man who died while playing football will take place on Wednesday.
Stuart Hudson, 31, was playing for local side Silhill FC when he suddenly collapsed and died two weeks ago.
A post-mortem revealed that the popular defender, who lived in Dickens Heath, died of an undiagnosed enlarged heart condition.
Stuart was playing for Silhill’s fourth team when he fell to the floor, and despite desperate efforts to save him, died later that day in hospital.
A BT Fleet maintenance controller, he had played for the Solihull club since he was 16 and had several player-of-the-season awards. He also played for the first team in the club’s 1996 and 1997 Senior Cup Finals.
Last week his father, Michael, paid tribute to his son, and said the loss had “left a massive hole” in his life.
Stuart died of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), where the heart’s muscles thicken abnormally, making it vulnerable to dangerous and potentially fatal heart rhythms.
Despite HCM being the most common cause of sudden death in young people, most sufferers do not know they have the disease, as in Stuart’s case.
His funeral will be held at St Alphege Parish Church in Solihull town centre on Wednesday (October 21) from 12 noon and the family say everyone is invited.
The former Lyndon School pupil’s post-funeral reception will be held at the hospitality suite of Solihull Moors FC, Damson Parkway, Solihull from 1pm.
* Anyone who would like to attend Stuart’s post-funeral reception is asked to send a brief email to Silhill FC Chairman Roger Hudson to let him know (firstname.lastname@example.org).