AN inquest has been formally opened into the death of a young West Cumbria footballer following his tragic death at the age of 27.

Tributes were paid following the passing of Jacob Baker, who had played for Maryport’s Flimby Social FC and became captain of the club in 2021.

In a statement, the club had said Jacob was loved by all and “always brought a smile to everyone around him”.

“We have lost a very valuable member of our team and a dear friend to many of us, said a spokesman. “He was a big part of the team and to a lot of the lads at Flimby Social.” The spokesman added: “May you rest in peace dear friend."

An inquest was formally opened at Cockermouth coroners’ court. Margaret Taylor, assistant coroner for Cumbria, confirmed that Jacob had died on 9th March.

Cumbria police and members of the North West Ambulance Service had attended the address after being called by Jacob’s partner.

Some brief details were outlined to the coroners’ court by Ms Taylor in relation to his death.

“Under the circumstances, it will be necessary to hold an inquest into the death of Jacob Baker and I am therefore adjourning this matter today so that further enquiries can take place,” said Ms Taylor.

The final inquest into his death is due to take place on 14th September, 2023.