Tributes as lifelong Leeds United fan dies suddenly, aged 26

Rory Embling pictured with Massimo Cellino.
Rory Embling pictured with Massimo Cellino.
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a man described as one of Leeds United’s biggest fans, whose sudden death aged just 26 has left his family devastated.

Leeds Metropolitan University law graduate Rory Embling, of Ackworth near Pontefract, died on Saturday afternoon soon after falling ill and collapsing.

Mr Embling, who worked as a paralegal for Heptonstalls Solicitors in Pontefract, was a lifelong Leeds United supporter and season ticket holder.

His family said he had only missed one home game in 20 years and travelled the length and breadth of the country following the team he loved.

Mr Embling was being driven to watch a wrestling event in Nottingham on Saturday afternoon when he collapsed.

He was taken to hospital in Chesterfield, where he died at around 3.30pm.

Rory’s father Chris Embling, 59, said: “I was so proud of him as a pesron. He had a wonderful personality He was not just a son, he was also my best friend.”

Rory’s mother Anne, 55, said: “I just want to say how much I loved him and how proud I was of him. My life will never be the same again without him.”