Local football club ‘heartbroken’ after death of Dundee teen hit by train

Ross Cook in action

Tributes have been paid to a young Fife footballer and Dundee student who was killed at the weekend.

Family, friends and team-mates of Ross Cook, 19, who played for Newburgh Juniors, have expressed their sorrow after he died while visiting family in Dumfriesshire.

It is understood Mr Cook was struck by a train at Kirkconnel following a night out with friends on Saturday.

The news has shocked the student community at Abertay University and those who knew him in junior football circles.

His sister Ashley took to social media on behalf of the family to thank everyone who had sent messages.

She said: “We are heartbroken and nothing will be the same again without Ross. He was one in a million.”

Mr Cook’s funeral will be held at St Bride’s Church in Sanquhar at 10.45am on Saturday, with a collection being held for Sanquhar Academy PE department and Abertay University FC.

James Nicholson, director of student services at Abertay, said: “Ross was a well-regarded student, classmate, footballer and friend to many, who was flourishing in the academic environment.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this time and support is being offered to our students.”

A spokesman for Newburgh Juniors said the club had been given permission to cancel this weekend’s fixture as players and staff come to terms with what had happened.

He added: “The thoughts of everyone at Newburgh Juniors are with Ross’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Amid a flurry of tributes and messages dedicated to Mr Cook on Facebook, Abertay University Football Club also paid its respects.

“All members past and present understand how tightly-knit Abertay Football Club is as a group,” it said.

“Ross not only greatly contributed on the park as a regular in the first team but also contributed greatly to every night out and will remain in the hearts of everyone at Abertay FC.”

A British Transport Police spokesman said officers had been called to Kirkconnel at around 11am on Sunday after a body was discovered beside the track.

“Officers attended along with the ambulance service but sadly a man was found to have died at the scene,” he added.

“His death is not currently being treated as suspicious.”