Tributes paid after Rory’s sudden death

Rory Embling with Leeds United manager Brian McDermott
Rory Embling with Leeds United manager Brian McDermott

A grieving family this week paid a touching tribute to their ‘perfect son and friend’ who died suddenly, aged just 26.

Former Pontefract NEW College student Rory Embling died on Saturday afternoon, soon after falling ill.

His devastated dad Chris, 59, of Fothergill Avenue, Ackworth, said: “I consider Rory to be the perfect son but not only that he was a perfect friend so I will miss him on both those counts.

“What creates further misery and upset for us as a family is that he was a perfectly healthy young man and not knowing what’s happened just makes it even worse.”

Mr Embling, who worked as a paralegal for Heptonstall’s Solicitors in Pontefract, was a lifelong Leeds United fan and had been a season ticket holder for almost 20 years.

He was on his way to a wrestling event at Nottingham Arena but suddenly collapsed close to Woodall Services near Sheffield.

He was taken to Chesterfield Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mr Embling had been to watch Yorkshire play Northamptonshire in a cricket match at Headingley on Friday night and went out with friends in Leeds city centre following the game.

He then set off for Nottingham at around 2pm on Saturday afternoon with his friend Martin Sixsmith.

Dad Chris said: “Everything seemed normal. I had dropped him off at Martin’s house for his lift to Nottingham and we’d been talking about football on the way there.

“At this stage it was a 26-year-old man going to Nottingham for an event - there was no reason to think he would not return.

“We had bonds other than football and we had an extremely good relationship throughout Rory’s life but football was the catalyst behind our bond.

“If ever I heard a bit of news regarding Leeds I would text him and we would share messages about football all the time.

“I am still texting his phone now because I don’t think it’s truly hit home yet what’s happened and I still want his thoughts on things.”

Mr Embling’s mum, Anne, 55, said: “I am so proud of Rory. I love him so much and I just want to tell him that now. He was just perfect in every way.”

His sister Francesca, 23, said: “I couldn’t have wished for a better brother. I used to be able to tell him everything and he would support me in everything I did. I will miss him every second of every day.”

Mr Embling also studied at Wakefield’s Crofton High School and graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a law degree.

His funeral details are still to be confirmed.