Ugo Ehiogu’s young Tottenham players ease sadly back into playing routine

Children’s football charity launched by former under-23 coach’s wife sees its coffers swollen by the match proceeds and a bucket collection

Ugo Ehiogu was 44 years old. Of all of the shocking details about his death, it is the one that hits home with the force of a wrecking ball. Two weeks ago, the former England defender had walked out at the Tottenham Hotspur training complex to coach the club’s under-23 squad. His under-23 squad – the players who loved and respected him.

What happened next was the beginning of the nightmare for his wife, Gemma, his children, his wider family and all of the friends he had made during his life – many of them in football. The images of the panic etched across the faces of the Spurs staff when Ehiogu collapsed with the cardiac arrest which proved fatal have retained a haunting quality.

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