Tributes have been paid to a boy who has lost his fight against sepsis aged just 13.

Oliver Darlington - an avid Wycombe Wanderers fan - was "fit, healthy and strong" before contracting a "heavy cold" which led to sepsis.

The teen, who also played football with Downley Dynamos, spent four days fighting for his life in intensive care in Southampton before he sadly passed away on January 3.

In the wake of his death, Oliver's family and friends have started a fundraising page to raise vital funds for the UK Sepsis Trust, which helps to save lives and improve outcomes for survivors of the condition.

According to Wycombe Wanderers, Oliver attended Chairboys matches regularly with his season ticket holder and Trust member dad Tom.

In a touching tribute in the 13th minute of Wycombe's match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, there was a standing ovation in Oliver's memory.

On Facebook, Sunderland AFC Supporters said Oliver would be "firmly in our thoughts" on match day.

Wycombe Wanderers have also sent their condolences to Oliver's family and friends and will be welcoming Downley Dynamos to their home match against Bristol Rovers on February 8.

The club is also in discussions with the team about arranging an "appropriate tribute".

The fundraising page set up in Oliver's memory has so far raised more than £7,500 for UK Sepsis Trust.

According to the charity, there are at least 260,000 cases of sepsis a year in the UK.

Initially, sepsis may present with symptoms similar to flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection, but adults may then develop slurred speech, shivering or pain in the muscles and mottled skin.