Former Spireites trainee passed away after collapsing during bike ride

Former Chesterfield trainee Karl Payne has tragically passed away (Pic: Rocester FC twitter)
Former Chesterfield trainee Karl Payne has tragically passed away (Pic: Rocester FC twitter)

Former Chesterfield FC trainee Karl Payne collapsed and died on Sunday while taking part in a chari bike ride in North Wales.

The 44-year-old from Burton on Trent fell ill on the 110-mile Dougie Mac ride for Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

He was a trainee with the Spireites from 1989 to 1991 before going on to play for the likes of Burton Albion, Gresley, Belper Town and Mickleover Sports.

Mr Payne was also a player-coach with Rocester FC.

Temporary superintendent Nick Evans, of North Wales Police, said: “Members of the public and the emergency services tried their very best to help the cyclist and I am very sad to say that their efforts were not successful.”