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The all-round centre-forward was blessed with pace, power and for one so young, a superb finishing ability. Dylan Tombides was born in the city of Perth in Western Australia and played youth football for local side Wembley Downs FC from the age of four and remarkable went on to play adult soccer when he was only 12.
The family moved to Macau an hour's ferry ride from Hong Kong when Dylan's mum Tracylee's job relocated.
The amiable Australian joined West Ham United at the age of 14 after being spotted playing football in the former colony of the British Empire by scout Mike Leigh. The family moved with him to London to help him fulfil his ambition of playing professional football and signed on as a full-time scholar for the Hammers in the summer of 2010.
F.A. Premier Youth Academy League Under-18s debut
West Ham United announced on Friday 18th April 2014 the sad news that forward Dylan Tombides has passed away at the age of 20 following his brave battle with cancer.
Dylan Tombides at 17 was tipped for the top by academy director Tony Carr, he had already made the first-team bench for a Barclays Premier League game. His world fell apart when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011.
Born: Perth, Australia March, 8 1994. Dylan died on April 18, 2014 aged 20
After impressing at Under-18 and reserve-team levels, Tombides was included in the first-team squad for the first time when he was named as an unused substitute for the Barclays Premier League home fixture with Sunderland on 22 May 2011. The same month, he was named Academy Player of the Year.
The Australian Under-17 striker made his reserves debut against Chelsea in the home fixture staged at Bishop's Stortford, with an impressive cameo off the bench, having just scored the only goal against Arsenal's youngsters in an Under-18 game four days earlier.
He then followed that up with a superb strike in the Academy side's 5-0 defeat of Aldershot Town as Tony Carr's team marched into the FA Youth Cup fourth round.
Southampton 3 - 3
3rd October 2009 : Little Heath
Mehmet, Smith, Brown, Lampe, Sanchez, Barrett, Moncur (Okus), Wearen (Driver),
Werndly, Subuola (Tombides), Abdulla
Werndly 2, Subuola
Barclays Premier Reserve League - South debut
Chelsea 1 - 2
24th November 2010 : Bishop's Stortford
Boffin, Spence, Brown, Abdulla (Wearen), Eyjolfsson, Sanchez, Turgott, Lee O., Nouble,
Hines (Tombides), Montano
A sad, sad day, Dylan was a player we had both seen from a young age on the playing fields at Little Heath to fulfilling his dream of pulling on a claret and blue shirt for the first team at Upton Park.
From Stan Lazaridis through Robbie Slater to Lucas Neill, West Ham United fans only got a glimpse of the Perth-born striker's potential but none-the-less the likeable 'Aussie' has added his name to a distinguished list of players from a land far, far away.
theyflysohigh would like to pass on our condolences to Dylan's parents Tracylee and Jim, brother Taylor, his team-mates and his many, many friends at this sad time.
Steve Marsh and Stuart Allen
I started playing football when I was four and always seemed to be playing with kids who were a few years older than me
My game has come a long way since I first started and I'm really enjoying it
First Team Call-up v. Sunderland May 2011
Tombides in action against Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup
Illness curtailed the striker's progress during the 2011/12 season. Throughout his treatment he was a regular visitor to West Ham's training ground at Chadwell Heath, his positive attitude and professional approach to his football and training always impressed and boosted his team-mates and coaches alike.
Dylan was respected by everyone who knew him for his intelligent views on the game, when treatment allowed he could often be seen commentating alongside Talksports' Ian "Moose" Abrahams at FA Youth Cup games at the Boleyn Ground, and took every opportunity to cheer on his team-mates at Under-21 Development games played at Rush Green.
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Totalled 12 Barclays Premier Reserve League appearances, nine of them starts, and scored three goals...Netted twice in a 3-2 home Barclays Premier Reserve League win over Arsenal on 2 March 2011...
Totalled 20 FA Premier Academy League appearances, 13 of them starts, and scored five goals...
Totalled 32 appearances at all levels, 22 of them starts, and scored eight goals...
Named Academy Player of the Year by Academy Director Tony Carr MBE.
Capped by Australia at U17 and U22 levels...
Appeared for Australia U17 in a four-team mini tournament in England
Named in Australia's squad for the 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup in
Mexico June 2011...
Scored three goals in two FIFA U17 World Cup warm-up
victories over Canada and Uruguay...
Netted the winner in Australia's FIFA U17 World Cup
Group F victory over Ivory Coast in Guadalajara,
Mexico on 20 June 2011.
My finishing is one of my best qualities. I just love scoring goals and that's why I'm a striker, I love going off to celebrate
I'd love to see myself here for several years and become a first-team regular at a young age
Dylan's amazing resilience and positivity saw him through months of surgery and chemotherapy, while his outstanding talent saw him make his first-team debut as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Wigan Athletic at the Boleyn Ground on 25 September 2012.
His passing was marked by a minute's applause ahead of the Barclays Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace at the Boleyn Ground. The applause continued with the moving sight of Dylan's father Jim and brother Taylor carrying his No38 shirt to the centre circle, with the number being retired in the forward's honour. Both the Hammers' and the Eagles' players wore black armbands in his memory.
International Amateur Soccer Tournament : Washington DC
March - April 2010
Dylan, undoubtedly wins the biggest grin competition. Seen here celebrating the Tiffany Cup victory with his team-mates.
Dylan's Birthday celebration to his Mum "X"
Click the Picture Link to view his celebration
In June 2011 Dylan was named in Australia's squad for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico where his disease was diagnosed in a routine drug test.
Tombides played in all four of Australia's matches and scored the winning goal against Cote d'Ivoire in their opening match.
March 8, 1994
1 League Cup
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