The football club of the tragic nine-year-old girl killed by a tractor said she would “always be with them” in a touching tribute to the aspiring goalkeeper.
Naomi Ferrans died at the scene of the horrific incident on Monday afternoon after being knocked off her bike during lunchtime at school in New Cumnock, Ayrshire.
The death of the primary school student, who was a keen footballer and Manchester United fan, has shocked New Cumnock’s tight-knit community.
Tonight Cumnock Junior Girls FC paid tribute to young Naomi who played in number 19 for their U10 team.
Naomi’s older cousin Sophie also played in the club’s first team.
The club published an emotional poem in memory of the young goalkeeper.
In a post on social media, they said Naomi’s place on the team was “open forever and a day” as the student would remain “in our thoughts forever”.
The poem read: “The gloves were on most nights.”
“Training with body and soul was a real joy
“Red and white was her true color
“But he did the black and white like no one else.
“Smiles galore as she parried every shot.
“Naomi, little buddy, we will miss you very much.
“She had her own fans in her big cousin Sophie
“I watch her daily while she is in her glory
“Kick a ball and scream loudly
“When we cheered them on, we were all very proud.
“You will always be with us, in every save.”
“Keep the gloves on, you were very, very brave.”
“We say to your coach and your teammates: sleep well
“Not goodbye, not goodbye, just out of sight!
“Your place will be open forever and a day
“Cumnock Juniors Girls, we are at a loss for words
“Forever in our minds
“Naomi, number 19.”
The club had previously announced that all training sessions had been canceled following the incident.
Her 2016 team added: “The 2016 Cumnock Juniors players, parents and coaches extend our deepest condolences to our friends in the Cumnock Juniors Girls team after receiving the devastating news of the tragic and sudden death of one of their U10 players. Thoughts and prayers.” “.
Football clubs from across Scotland expressed their condolences to Cumnock Juniors.
Glasgow Girls and Women FC said: “Everyone at Glasgow Women’s & Girls Football Club would like to express our sincerest condolences.”
Ayr United Women and Girls added: “Deepest condolences from everyone at Ayr United.”
Hamilton Accies Women’s Football Club said: “Please accept our condolences from everyone at Hamilton Academical. In light of such tragic news, our thoughts are with everyone at this time.”
Greenock Morton FC said: “Our thoughts are with the Cumnock Juniors girls’ family and the girl’s immediate family. Football unites everyone and hopefully our thoughts can provide comfort at this sad time.”
We’ve already told how Naomi Ferrans was killed while cycling in Castle Place during her school lunch break.
Rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident on the A76, but the student was unfortunately pronounced dead.
It is understood Naomi’s mother Wilma Ferrans ran a few hundred meters from her home to be with her dying daughter after learning of the accident.
The onlooker said: “I heard the commotion and when I went up I saw the tractor and a fire engine.
“Wilma was there, she was distraught. Someone must have told her what happened and she made it to the main road.
“Our community is suffering but New Cumnock is strong and we will support the family in these dark days.”
The road was closed for about eight hours for accident investigation work and was later reopened around 8 p.m.
Following news of her death, Laura Ferrans, believed to be the girl’s aunt, paid tribute with a picture of the teenager on social media.
A devastated friend commented: “I’m absolutely heartbroken, completely devastated.”
“Naomi was one of a kind, everyone who knew her knows about her little cheeky personality, no matter where she was, she put a smile on people’s faces.
“May you rest in peace little angel, I send you all a big hug and my deepest condolences.”
A local shopkeeper, who did not want to be named, said: “There is a dark cloud over New Cumnock.
“I even thought about not opening because of what happened yesterday. People are walking around in a daze.”
A neighbor added: “It’s tragic, absolutely tragic.
“Everyone knew Naomi and her cheeky grin. We can’t believe she’s gone.”
Council leaders have contacted the local school to organize support for the young people in the coming days.
Linda McAulay Griffiths, chief education officer at East Ayrshire Council, said: “Our thoughts are with everyone involved at this very sad time.”
“We will work closely with the school and do everything we can together in the coming days to help and support those affected.”
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