Father of two, Tony O’Neil, had been cheering on his son Joe from the sidelines just minutes before he returned to his car for a cup of tea.
The tragic incident occurred at a half-term tournament being hosted by Birkenhead School on Wednesday afternoon, what caused the 44-year-old dad-of-two’s sudden death is not yet known.
Tony, who lived in Bootle, was one of a small group of footy-mad dads who watched their sons play for Wrexham AFC.
Mark Swann, who had known Tony since they were at school together, said: “He was just a loving father who doted on his son. Joe is a talented footballer who’s had trials at clubs including Liverpool and Manchester United.