Owls tribute call for Sheffield train death boy

Floral tributes at the scene of Josh Vaughan's death.
Floral tributes at the scene of Josh Vaughan's death.

Sheffield Wednesday fans were being urged to take part in a round of applause at today’s game in tribute to a supporter hit by a train.

Friends of Josh Vaughan want fans to remember the youngster in the 17th minute in recognition of his young age when he died at Chapeltown railway station.

Josh, of Ironside Crescent, Chapeltown, was struck by a train at 9.15pm on Wednesday.

His friends have set up two Facebook pages to pay tribute to the former Ecclesfield School pupil.

And they were urging fellow Owls fans join them in a round of applause for Josh at Wednesday’s away game against Nottingham Forest today.

Police are now carrying out inquiries into Josh’s death on behalf of Chris Dorries, South Yorkshire West coroner, who plans to open an inquest next week.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Josh, an apprentice for an insurance firm in Sheffield, played football for Chapeltown Juniors Football Club.

Football shirts have been left among a growing sea of bouquets of flowers outside the railway station where he died.

Medics raced to the scene, but Josh could not be saved.

Posting on Facebook, Friend Olivia Marie Rose, said: “Can’t stop thinking about you, missing you so much, can’t believe you’re gone. You always had my back and I always had yours.

“You are loved by so many my friend.”

And friend Kieran Hardy wrote: “You will be missed by everyone. Gone but not forgotten.”

Friends are planning to meet in Ecclesfield Park on Sunday to play a game of football in memory of Josh.