Shock at death of former Kent footballer Alfie Nunn during game in Dubai

By Jack Dyson -

A former Kent footballer described as talented and popular by loved ones died suddenly while playing in Dubai at the age of 35.

Alfie Nunn – who led the line for Canterbury City and Whitstable Town – is thought to have suffered a heart attack while playing a match in the Middle-East on Thursday.

Alfie Nunn (pictured right, wearing burgundy) had a spell playing for Canterbury City in 2017

Tributes have poured in for the striker, with his former sides describing him as a talented “fan favourite”.

A spokesman for Canterbury City said: “We are saddened to hear the news that former player Alfie Nunn has suddenly passed away.

“Alfie had a successful season with Canterbury and was a fan favourite although only being with the club for a short spell.

“Everybody at the club wishes to send their thoughts and condolences to Alfie's family at this sad time.

“Fly high, young man.”

This afternoon, the club will hold a minute’s silence ahead of their match against Fisher FC, who he also represented.

“Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends at this time.

“Alfie was a popular and talented player who grew up in south-east London.

“He played for a number of clubs including Croydon, Beckenham Town, Stansfeld, Whitstable Town, Erith and Belvedere, Fisher and Canterbury City, before relocating to Dubai. Alfie had moved to the United Arab Emirates a number of years ago to work for Dubai property firm Haus & Haus.

The estate agent grew up in south-east London, representing the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Primary Schools district side.

He then played for non-league Croydon FC as a teen, before running out for the likes of Stansfield, Beckenham Town and Fisher FC in Bermondsey.

The striker would then go on to have a short spell with Whitstable Town.

He made seven appearances for Whitstable at the start of the 2015-16 season, scoring two goals.

Former teammate Josh Algar says Alfie was a “great person and player” during his spell in the town.

A Fisher FC spokesman also said of the attacker: “Alfie made 21 appearances for us after signing in 2015, before departing for a spell at Canterbury City.

"Alfie was a popular and talented player. He will be fondly remembered..."

An official for the seaside club paid tribute to the attacker, saying he will be fondly remembered for his time on the coast.

“Everyone here is saddened by news of the tragic loss of former player Alfie Nunn, who we understand has passed away while playing football in Dubai at the age of 35,” he added.

"Alfie made 21 appearances for the Fish that season, before departing for a spell at Canterbury City."

His former coach at Croydon FC Kris Hollidge tweeted: "This has done me today, what a guy. Rest in peace Alfie, always smiling always bantering.

"Was a pleasure to play on the same side as he came through as an 18-year-old at Croydon FC and against him many a time for various clubs."

Friend Bobby Holley tweeted: "RIP mate, so shocked to hear you passing. I had the pleasure to play football with and against you, sending my love to you and your family."

Another footballer Peter Parry tweeted: "Terrible shame Alfie was a former teammate of mine and a lovely fella."

Steven Springett wrote on Twitter: "Great little player and always a pain to play against. May he rest easy."

Rob Curtis wrote: "In football there's some people you instantly click with. Alf was one of them for me. Shared plenty of laughs. A proper good bloke. RIP."

"Nunny was some player, but most of all what a diamond of a man he was. RIP Nunny," another Twitter user wrote.

Two of Alfie's former clubs, Stansfeld FC and Fisher FC, are scheduled to play each other in the Southern Counties East Football League Challenge Cup next Tuesday on February 1.

In a statement, Stansfeld FC said a minute's silence will be held before the game at their Foxbury Avenue stadium in Chislehurst, southeast London.

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told The Sun Online: "We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Dubai."

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