England fan group the Barmy Army has paid tribute to the UK family who were were killed in a seaplane crash while on holiday in Australia.

Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old chief executive of FTSE 100 company Compass Group, died alongside his sons Will and Edward, his fiancee Emma Bowden, her young daughter Heather and pilot Gareth Morgan, during the incident in Sydney on New Year’s Eve.

Cousins was an avid Surrey fan who regularly attended matches at the Oval, and as a tribute during ‘The Bashes’ – a five-match series between England and Australia cricket fans – the Barmy Army wore black armbands and held a minute’s silence before the final game.

Paul Burnham, the co-founder of the Barmy Army, told Press Association Sport: “It was a horrible accident, and we felt it deserved our recognition that an Englishman here following the cricket had died in those circumstances. It was definitely the right thing to do.”