'He was like a second son': Young dad dies after being stabbed outside rugby club

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A father was stabbed to death just metres from his childhood rugby club.

Adam Woodward, 35, was playing pool with friends at St Brendan’s Brothers Leagues Club in Rocklea, in Brisbane’s south, when an argument allegedly broke out in the bar about 9pm on Friday.

It then spilled onto the street.

Witnesses say Mr Woodward tried to walk away but was stabbed from behind in the neck.

Mr Woodward, who is a father to two-year-old Tyson, died on the roadside despite desperate attempts to revive him.

Father Adam Woodward, was stabbed to death just metres from his childhood rugby club, St Brendan's Brothers Leagues Club
Father Adam Woodward (pictured) was stabbed to death just metres from his childhood rugby club, St Brendan’s Brothers Leagues Club. Source: 7News
“He was a good mate of my son’s he was like a second son to me. I’ve got no words really,” family friend of Adam Woodward, Brian Hutton, said. Source: 7News
“He was a good mate of my son’s he was like a second son to me. I’ve got no words really,” family friend of Adam Woodward, Brian Hutton, said. Source: 7News

Police arrested a second man in his 30s nearby. He was in custody on Saturday night.

“It’s wrong, that’s the devastating part of everything,” family friend Brian Hutton said.

“My son found him first.”

Mr Hutton’s son tried to call for help, but was coward-punched in the chaos.

“He was a good mate of my son’s he was like a second son to me. I’ve got no words really,” Mr Hutton said.

The Hutton family, who live just metres from where the 35-year-old died, comforted Mr Woodward’s mother on Saturday night.

“Devastating… he was just like a second son,” family friend Tracey Hutton said.

Adam Woodward was playing pool with friends at St Brendan's Brothers Leagues Club when an argument allegedly broke out in the bar around 9pm and spilled onto the street
Mr Woodward was playing pool with friends when an argument allegedly broke out in the bar around 9pm and spilled onto the street. Source: 7News

“My heart’s just breaking.”

Those closest to Mr Woodward said his greatest loves were his young son and the rugby club he had been a part of since he was a child.

When Mr Woodward was not playing on these fields he was volunteering.

“A very good person, he’d done a lot for this football club, very ironic he died here,” Mr Hutton said.

The man accused of killing Mr Woodward is recovering in hospital under police guard.

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