North East clubs to hold minute’s silence at cup games in tribute to lives lost in Shoreham air disaster

A giant crane is used to remove wreckage of the plane on the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex where 11 people are believed to have died. The historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted onto the major south coast road  after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.
A giant crane is used to remove wreckage of the plane on the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex where 11 people are believed to have died. The historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted onto the major south coast road after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.
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Silence will fall over the region’s football stadiums at tonight’s Capital One Cup games as clubs remember those killed in the weekend’s jet crash in Shoreham.

The Football League has announced that a minute’s silence will be observed prior to all Capital One Cup Round 2 matches as a mark of respect to those that lost their lives in the Shoreham air disaster.

This minute’s silence will give football fans across the country the opportunity to pay their respects to Matthew, Jacob and all those who lost their lives in this terrible accident.

Shaun Harvey, chief executive of the Football League

The events will include Sunderland’s home fixture against Exeter, Newcastle’s match against Northampton at St James’s Park, Hartlepool’s home game versus Bournemouth and Middlesbrough’s away match against Burton.

Victims of the incident include Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, two footballers who played for Worthing United FC.

Matthew, a goalkeeper, and Jacob a midfielder had been travelling to their Southern Combination Premier Division fixture when their vehicle was tragically struck by an aircraft as it crashed on to the A27.

Both men were supporters of Brighton and Hove Albion FC, the club where Matthew had also been employed for the last seven years, most recently as a member of the ground staff.

Shaun Harvey, chief executive of The Football League, said: “This minute’s silence will give football fans across the country the opportunity to pay their respects to Matthew, Jacob and all those who lost their lives in this terrible accident.

“On behalf of The Football League our condolences go to everybody at Brighton and Hove Albion, Worthing United and to all those outside of the football family who have been rocked by Saturday’s shocking events.”

All 24 Capital One Cup Round 2 fixtures will be played tonight or tomorrow evening.

The search to recover debris and recover victims has begun at the crash site this morning.

Sussex Police believe up to 11 people were killed in the tragedy, which happened when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed into the road, with four people named so far.

In addition to Matthew and Jacob, Maurice Abrahams, 76, who was driving a Daimler limousine to a wedding, and Matt Jones, 24, a personal trainer, died as a result of the impact.