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Teenage soccer star dies in blazing car

PUBLISHED: 11:30 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 12 August 2010

George Mosedale (right) with pal Matt Mitchell

George Mosedale (right) with pal Matt Mitchell

DEVASTATED school pupils are in shock after one of their former classmates was killed in a car crash. Talented Welling United youth team footballer, George Mosedale, 18, died after his blue VolksWagon Polo caught fire after crashing into a tree in Basto

DEVASTATED school pupils are in shock after one of their former classmates was killed in a car crash.

Talented Welling United youth team footballer, George Mosedale, 18, died after his blue VolksWagon Polo caught fire after crashing into a tree in Baston Manor Road's junction with West Common Road, Hayes on June 17.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated but no other cars were involved.

Last Wednesday evening, the road leading to the crash site was closed as hundreds of mourners gathered to lay tributes and messages at the scene.

Kieren Osborne, headteacher at Hayes School, West Common Road, where Mr Mosedale was a pupil until last year, said: "The death of George has stunned and shocked us all. Everyone at the school is still trying to come to terms with his death and many of the students are in a bad way.

"Although George left Hayes School last year after year 11, many of his friends stayed on in 6th form. We are offering them all the support we can but it is testimony to the sort of lad he was that people are suffering so much shock and grief.

"When we heard on Wednesday we were devastated. He was a very high-profile person around school and very much liked by both students and staff. That was partly because of his personality and partly because he was an exceptional football player.

"He was very lively and endeared himself to peers and staff alike. He was a typical lad who loved sport and cheeky in the way that you could always have a laugh and a joke with him."

Mr Mosedale had been a youth team player at Welling United for two years and played in the first team during the Kent Senior Cup last season when he scored against Margate, helping the club secure a victory.

Community officer at Welling Football Club, Jim Dean, said: "We're in total and utter tragic disbelief. The other parents are in a state of shock and very upset. It's very hard to come to terms with the death of someone so young.

"George made a massive impression on the club. He was a lovely lad who was extremely hard working and will be sorely missed. He was a very joyful character who was always full of beans.

"He never approached things in half measures and always gave it his best shot on the pitch. He was very well liked by his team-mates here."

Owner of Welling United, Barrie Hobbins, said: "On behalf of the football club I would like to say how shocked and saddened we all are and extend our sympathies to the family.

"George was a very promising footballer who had made excellent progress. He was highly recommended and we're very upset at the loss of a valuable member of the youth team."

l Police are appealing to anyone with information to contact the Traffic Incident Room on 0208 285 1574 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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