Footballer, 37, died from skin cancer that he thought was 'just a boil'

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A footballer died just days after his dream wedding at the age of 37.

Craig Bennett was diagnosed with the cancer that would eventually kill him two years ago.

The footballer originally spotted a lump and after initially raising concerns it was later brushed off as probably being “just a boil”, reports Wales Online .

But Craig, originally from Llanelli in south Wales, died on July 31.

His wife Maria said he battled hard and remained positive throughout but unfortunately he couldn’t beat it.

Craig Bennett married his partner Maria two weeks before he passed away

 

His best friend, Brookman Bennett-O’Sullivan, played football and coached alongside Mr Bennett, who was known as Benny to his friends and teammates, at Caerbryn AFC.

The 31-year-old from Swansea said that as a “final wish” just two weeks before he passed away, Mr Bennett married his partner of around eight years, Maria.

“He got married to Maria two weeks before he died and she supported and cared for him throughout it all. He adored her.

His best friend Brookman Bennett-O’Sullivan said the pair classed each other as brothers

 

“He adored his small, black dog Dotty. She never left his side.

“I met him through football and we started training together. We classed each other as brothers and used to FaceTime each other twice a day, every day.”

Mr Bennett, who was a Manchester United fan, worked in Cefn Coed Hospital in Swansea and even when he was battling his illness would turn up at his former team’s football pitch to help coach the other players.

Craig and Brookman would FaceTime each other twice a day, every day

His best friend added: “He was very respected and looked at like a role model by the younger players.

“He was at Caerbryn AFC for around four years and mainly played as a striker. He was a very good player.”

The footballer’s funeral will be taking place in Llanelli on Thursday and his fellow teammates will be wearing football jerseys in his honour.

A memorial match at Caerbryn AFC has been organised in his honour

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A memorial football match at Caerbryn AFC has also been organised in his memory, with all proceeds going to Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.

The tournament will see Mr Bennett’s former teammates take on the club’s current team as a way of “celebrating his commitment to sport and his life”.



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