The tributes have poured in for a young skilled Cirencester Town Ladies football player who has tragically passed away. Goalkeeper Carla Heaton, aged only 22, died suddenly, with the heart-breaking news confirmed by the club online.
Carla was described as a ‘beautiful person inside and out by her beloved team in a statement on Twitter.
Carla Heaton Death and Legacy
Heaton had spent many seasons with fourth-tier Swindon Town before transferring to Cirencester Town. Since the news broke fans of the team, and a good number of other women’s football teams, have also responded with heartfelt tributes to the much-loved football player. Posting in a statement on Twitter, Cirencester Town Ladies has also said: “It is with great sadness to say our goalkeeper Carla Heaton has suddenly passed away.
“We are all lost for words but what we can say is how much of a beautiful person you were inside and out. We all miss you and Thank you for all the memories. RIP our number 1.” The young goalkeeper had spent much of her young football career in the Swinton. Her former team wrote their own tribute on social media, posting: “It’s with great sadness that the club has learned the tragic news that our former goalkeeper Carla Heaton has passed away at the tender age of just 22.
“Carla brought a shining light to the dressing room with her personality and her performances between the sticks were second to none. She will be greatly missed by the players in our current squad who were honored to have known her and shared the pitch with her. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace Goalie xx.”
Other football clubs also paid their respects to the goalkeeper, with Exeter City Women FC also acclaimed in a statement: “Sending our condolences to you all as well Carla’s family and friends.”
Long well Green LFC said: “All at Long well Green ladies would like to send our condolences to both Carla’s family and her football family at such a sad time. Bring home the title and cup again this season ladies, fly high Carla, you gained your wings far too early.”
Glos County Women’s Football League said: “Everyone from the league sends their deepest condolences at such a sad time. Our thoughts are with everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.”