The Birmingham Police on Tuesday said that the victim in the Boxing Day stabbing incident is Cody Fisher, a former footballer. Fisher was stabbed to death on the dance floor of The Crane, a nightclub on Adderley Street in Digbeth, Birmingham, the police said.

“They have broken our hearts; I have lost my best friend. My family and I are asking for privacy and respectfulness at this heart-breaking time,” one of Fisher’s family members was quoted saying in a tweet by Birmingham Police.

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The investigation into the incident is still active and the New Year’s Eve event at The Crane was canceled due to it. 

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Who was Cody Fisher?

Cody Fisher was a resident of Redditch, a town in north-east Worcestershire, England, located 15 miles south of Birmingham. He was a footballer for Strafford Town FC – a club in the Division One South of the North West Counties League.

He was previously part of the Birmingham City FC academy where he was considered a talented left-back. He played for Walsall FC as a youth trainee and made senior appearances at Stourbridge FC, Stratford Town and Bromsgrove Sporting.

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He will be remembered for a number of memorable performances at Stratford Town, including being chosen as the crowd’s man of the match in September 2021 after scoring on his debut for Bromsgrove and helping the team to a 2-0 FA Cup victory.

Since his death, tributes have poured in from many quarters of the footballing community, with his own club leading the line. 

“Everyone at Stratford Town Football is saddened to hear of the tragic loss of one of our own players, Cody Fisher,” the club said in a statement.

“Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Cody. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.”

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His former club Bromsgrove Sporting also released a statement after the news of his death was confirmed.

“All of us at Bromsgrove Sporting Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Cody Fisher,” it said. 

“Cody, was a friend to many at the club and we send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”