- Josh Vickers, who recently joined Derby County, was left out of his team’s lineup for their weekend game and revealed his wife Laura passed away last week.
Derby County goalkeeper Josh Vickers has penned an emotional tribute to his wife Laura after she died from cancer just three months after they married.
“I have written and unwritten this so many times and still can’t find the right words to say, and I don’t know if I ever will,” wrote the 27-year-old, who started his career with Arsenal. “On Tuesday evening, my wife lost her long battle against cancer…
“Laura is the strongest, bravest, and most loving person I have ever met. Even though she was going through everything, she continued to smile, never letting anything get in the way of having a good time and making a lifetime of memories.
“We have cried, laughed, and danced our way through some tough times. I will cherish every moment we spent together, from the first time we met to the moment you peacefully passed away. I know that you will be looking down on me and continuing to inspire me every day.
“Thank you to everyone that has supported myself and both families through this incredibly difficult time. Truly fortunate to have the most amazing family and friends! I Love You Always & Forever.”
Vickers left Arsenal in 2015 without playing for the first team, and also spent time on the books of Swansea, Lincoln and Rotherham. He followed ex-Rotherham boss Paul Warne to Pride Park over the summer and made his debut earlier this season.
On Saturday, Derby confirmed the keeper was left out of the squad for their game against Carlisle for personal reasons. The player’s team-mates walked onto the pitch holding a shirt bearing his name and number. Mirror