It is with great sadness to report that Shaw Lane AFC defender Daniel Wilkinson has passed away having collapsed midway through a League Cup tie.

Wilkinson, 26, was rushed to a nearby hospital after having received treatment on the pitch , but was pronounced dead shortly after.

Unfortunately, this type of incident is becoming more frequent, something which Non-League Oracle believe needs to be addressed.

The defender started off at Premier League Hull City, before spending time on loan with North Ferriby United and Harrogate Town.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and footballing community as a whole at this time.