Goalkeeper Alex Cole, a member of Everton's Under-19 squad
from last season, was fatally injured in a road traffic accident in
the early hours of Sunday morning.
The incident occured on the M53 motorway in Wirral and
Merseyside Police are now appealing for the public's help in
order to ascertain what exactly happened.
A statement from the Police said: "We are appealing for
witnesses and we are waiting to speak to other people in the
vehicle. If anyone has any information, we would ask them to
The teenager made numerous apperances for the Academy at a
variety of levels during his years at Everton and also served as
the reserves' substitute goalkeeper on many occasions during
the 2002-3 campaign.
Highly regarded by team-mates, coaches and staff members at
Everton, he was released by the club at the beginning of last
season, but was expected to continue his goalkeeping talent
Everton's Head of Public Relations Ian Ross added:
"Everybody at Everton Football Club expresses their deepest
sympathy to the family and friends of the Alex at this time. It is
a tragic loss of a young life."