West Ham manager Sam Allardyce pays tribute to Dylan Tombides

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce today paid tribute to Dylan Tombides, the reserve team striker who lost his battle against cancer this week.

Following his team’s loss to Crystal Palace at Upton Park, Allardyce rued poor finishing and conceding yet another penalty.

But he put things in perspective by saying, “Football doesn’t mean too much to me today after what happened to Dylan. When I heard the bad news of him passing away my thoughts were with him and his family.”

Tombides was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011 and he fought the disease for three years, during which time he made his first team debut in a league cup tie with Wigan in 2012.

But unfortunately he lost his battle and passed away earlier in the week.