Boss Bax­ter pays trib­ute af­ter fan dies dur­ing match

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY GARETH FULLER­TON

CRU­SADERS man­ager Stephen Bax­ter has paid trib­ute to a sup­porter who died sud­denly dur­ing the club’s IRN-BRU Cup game on Satur­day.

The man is be­lieved to have col­lapsed while watch­ing the third-round tie against Cove Rangers at Sta­tion Park in For­far, Scot­land.

The first half of the match was de­layed as med­i­cal staff went to the aid of the fan in the ter­races.

Bax­ter said the club had been left in shock.

He added: “It is ab­so­lutely ter­ri­ble what has hap­pened to­day.

TRAGIC

“The sup­porter ap­pears to have taken a heart at­tack and sadly died.

“Both sets of play­ers were taken off the pitch for a short time in the first half, which led to the de­lay in the game.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s fam­ily af­ter this tragic event.”

The Cru­saders boss could see paramedics work­ing with the sup­porter, but said, “un­for­tu­nately noth­ing could be done”.

He added: “We asked the play­ers to rally round and to give a big re­sponse.

“The club would like to ex­tend its sin­cere con­do­lences. at this time.”

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