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Football manager murdered in front of team mates

PUBLISHED: 17:37 17 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 August 2010

A FOOTBALLER was murdered in front of his team mates as he arrived for a training session. Ryan Musgrove, 36, from South Norwood was shot in the chest several times shortly after arriving at Sparrows Den playing fields in Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham ju

A FOOTBALLER was murdered in front of his team mates as he arrived for a training session.

Ryan Musgrove, 36, from South Norwood was shot in the chest several times shortly after arriving at Sparrows Den playing fields in Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham just before 6.30pm on Thursday.

A masked gunman opened fire on Mr Musgrove, who is the manager of Coney Hall football club, before fleeing on a mountain bike. Police are investigating whether the murder is gang related.

A message on the club's website reads: "The thoughts of everyone within the club are with Ryan's family to whom we send our heartfelt condolences.

"The circumstances surrounding his death are the subject of a police investigation and the club will not make comment upon them or contribute to any speculation in this regard.

"Ryan will be remembered at the club as a huge personality and as a great football man who has made great strides in improving the senior section at Coney Hall during the past two seasons. He is missed."

An air ambulance attended the incident but efforts to resuscitate Mr Musgrove were in vain and he was pronounced dead at 7.16pm.

The playing fields are owned by Bromley council and are used by amateur sports clubs and dog walkers. There have been no arrests.

Did you know Mr Musgrove? Contact Kate Nelson at the Bromley Times news desk on 0208 269 7013.

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