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Goalkeeper found dead in hotel

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A statement described the player as "pleasant and popular"

The goalkeeper of a Scottish junior football team has been found dead in a hotel room in Durham.

Graham Potter, 30, who played for Ayrshire team, Cumnock Juniors, was on a pre-season training trip with the club when he died.

A statement on the team's website said the club was devastated by the death. It said it was suspected that the player had died of a heart attack.

Potter has previously played at senior level for Hamilton Accies.

The statement posted on the Cumnock Juniors FC website on Sunday said: "Graham died this morning at the team's hotel at Durham where the team were taking part in a training weekend. At this very early stage it would seem that Graham had a heart attack.

"Cumnock Juniors FC committee would like to intimate how devastated they are about the tragic death of pleasant, popular goalkeeper Graham Potter. Our sincere condolences go to Graham's family and friends."

The team had beaten Chester-le-Street 2-0 on Friday.

Sympathy messages have also been posted on social networking websites.

'Utter sadness'

One Bebo message read: "R.I.P. Graham Potter a True Cumnock Legend."

Another said: "R.I.P. Pottsy you were a true Cumnock legend. Scarfs and tops can be left at Townhead park."

Cumnock's game against Kello in the Ardagh Glass Cup on Wednesday has been cancelled.

Another former club, Annan Athletic, has also paid tribute to the goalkeeper.

Its official website said: "It is with utter sadness and shock that we bring the news that our ex-keeper Graham Potter has died.

"Graham will be fondly remembered by many at Galabank and is viewed by some as our best ever keeper."



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