Manx footballer found dead in hotel

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Louis Thornton celebrating a goal for his club Corinthians – who he represented since he was a teenager

The captain of a Manx football club has been found dead at a Liverpool hotel.

The body of Louis Thornton, 26, who played for Douglas-based Corinthians, was discovered at 05:20 BST on Saturday in his hotel room in James Street.

Club treasurer Steve Corran said Mr Thornton, who had been on Merseyside to watch his beloved Middlesbrough play Everton, was a “big character” and a “leader, both on and off the pitch”.

Mr Thornton’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

In a statement, Corinthians said everyone was welcome at the club to pay their own tributes.

Mr Corran said: “We would like people to come and visit the pitch where our Louis scored great goals, scruffy goals, put in crunching tackles, but most of all has given his family, team-mates, managers and fans so many memorable moments.”

Mr Thornton worked for an accountancy business in Douglas.

Mr Corran, who was also his boss at work, said: “He worked hard and gave 100% in everything he did on and off the pitch.”

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