FRIENDS of a young man killed in a car crash yesterday honoured his lifelong support of Oxford United and his loving spirit by chanting his name at this afternoon's away match against Bolton.

Lewis Mangan, 20, from Wantage, was killed when his car hit a tree near West Challow Rail Bridge just after midnight yesterday morning.

Police said the former King Alfred's Academy, Wantage, pupil died at the scene of the accident.

Close friends contacted the Oxford Mail today to pay tribute to a "true gent" who made friends with everyone he met, and a lifelong Oxford United fan.

Last night, more than 40 friends from Wantage, Abingdon, Witney and Oxford held an impromptu gathering in Abingdon to celebrate his life, share stories and shed some tears.

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And this afternoon, more friends travelled to Oxford United's away match against Bolton and honoured him with a unique tribute in the middle of the game.

As the game reached its 20th minute, to match his age, Mr Mangan's friends are chanted "there's only one Lewis Mangan".

Mr Mangan's best friend Joseph Sellwood was one of 20 who organised the tribute at the game.

He said: "Lewis - Mounge to the Oxford lads - was a true gent, my best friend.

"He was like a brother to me- he would never ask for anything. If he had £10 to his name he would give you a fiver.

"It showed how much he was loved last night, with lads travelling all over Oxfordshire to get together in his memory.

"He would spend his last pound on watching Oxford as a kid, I will keep the yellow flag flying high in his memory.

"No words can describe what he meant to me and the lads. Thoughts are we his family. Sleep tight son. Will always miss you xx"

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Another of Mr Mangan's friends Josh Turner, from Drayton, was one of those who organised the celebratory night out last night at the Boundary House pub  in Abingdon.

While he could not make the Oxford United match today he urged others to join the tribute to his friend.

The 19-year-old said: "Everyone loved Lewis.

"I don't know anyone who has met him who's not taken to him. He was a hillarious guy and he wouldn't even mean to be.

"He was a massive Oxford United fan all his life and some of the lads last night have known him all their lives and were in absolute bits.

"None of us could believe it but I think everyone was quite touched by how many people turned up."

Another friend of Mr Mangan, Chloe Gunning, described him as a "beautiful angel".

She said: "RIP to such a great guy, my thoughts are with all the family at this sad time, our memories of when we was younger will stay with me forever.

"It is just horrible you had to be taken so young, but they have gained a beautiful angel at least.

"When I last saw you we had a good chat and that means more to me than anything love you cuz forever in my heart all my love chloe xx."

Josh Patrick sent a message for Mr Mangan to the Oxford Mail.

He wrote: "Words will never be enough to express mine and everyone else's love for you. My best mate, my hero.

"I'll forever be in debt to you for the things you've done for me: Monday night quiz, gigs, weekends will never be the same but memories of you and your dad-like, caring ways will live on in everyone's memories forever, sleep tight Mounge, I'll never forget you. Pat xx"