'OUR SON THOMAS ACHIEVED SO MUCH IN HIS LIFE' Parents' tribute to son who died from stab wounds.
THE parents of a murdered former Liverpool schoolboy football captain today spoke of the devastation of losing their "natural athlete" son Thomas.
Ian and Elaine McInerney described the pain of coping with the sudden death of the sporty 21-year-old who was stabbed on Sunday morning.
The Walton couple told the ECHO they would always remember the ex-Everton academy player's "funny antics and distinct smile".
Thomas was injured in the house of accused Sean Rogan, 18, on Chepstow Street, Walton, at around 3am.
He staggered outside and collapsed at the junction with County Road, with five separate stab wounds to his upper body.
Today, it emerged the Everton fan was due to be named godfather this weekend to his two young nieces Sophie, one, and Olivia, three, at a christening ceremony.
The couple said: "Thomas was the most wonderful son who was truly loved and who loved and adored his family in return.
"To his older brother, Ian, 24, Thomas was like the elder in the family and was a devoted and loyal friend.
To his sister, Leah, 16, he was a great friend and protector."
In the early hours of Sunday morning, the former teenage boxer was taken to hospital but died an hour later at 4am of his injuries.
An adult female at Rogan's house, where the front door was smashed in, was taken to Fazakerley Hospital with facial injuries following an assault.
Thomas's parents said: "Thomas was only 21 years of age and even at this young age he had achieved so much in his life.
"He was a natural athlete and showed great promise at amateur boxing and even represented Long Lane ABC.
Thomas was a talented footballer and he had played for Liverpool school boys and even captained his team at under-11s, under-14s and under-15s."
As a teenager he lifted the national schoolboys trophy at Anfield and accepted a scholarship at Preston North End, aged 15, which he soon quit to pursue other interests.
A new picture shows Thomas with fellow teammates, his former Liverpool schoolboys coach Tom Wyatt and Anfield museum curator Stephen Done.
They are posing in front of the FA Cup, won by the Reds in Cardiff in 2006, the Youth Cup and the FA Schools Cup, which the youngster lifted as skipper of the side, which also included Tom Rooney, Wayne's brother.
twitter Join us @ Charlie Barnett, stood next to midfielder Thomas, went on to play at senior level for Tranmere Rovers and now features in Accrington Stanley's line-up.
Boxing coach Peter Campbell described how Thomas had been unbeaten in the ring when he fought for the club.
He told the ECHO: "He was going to be something special, he could turn his hand to any sport."
Dad Ian and mum Elaine added: "He was also a loving grandson and a wonderful cousin.
He was a very popular young man with many great friends and this has been shown by the wonderful tributes and offers of support given to the family at this difficult time.
on Twitter LivEchoNews To his family and close friends he will always be remembered for his funny antics, for his distinct smile and for his determination and beliefs.
He was tragically taken away from us at an early age and he will always be remembered with love and affection."
Sean Rogan will appear before a judge at Liverpool Crown Court next month.
The 18-year-old was arrested by detectives at his home just a few hours after the stabbing. A knife was also discovered at the terraced property.
HAPPIER TIMES: Tom Wyatt, left, with Joel Richardson,Thomas McInerney, Charlie Barnett and Stephen Done at the Anfield museum TRIBUTES: Thomas McInerney