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Club tribute as lifelong Linfield fan dies aged 92

By Brett Campbell

Linfield Football Club have paid tribute to lifelong fan, Harry Aicken, who has passed away at the age of 92.

In a statement posted on their website the club said: "Linfield FC records with deep sorrow the sad passing on Wednesday of 92-year-old lifelong supporter Harry Aicken".

His grieving son-in-law and fellow Linfield supporter, David Hunter, wrote: "Harry was from Thames Street off Broadway, a Falls Road Blueman who 50 years ago moved to Ballybeen from Bentham St on Sandy Row.

"He had an encyclopedic knowledge of both Linfield and Rangers. He would often rhyme off teams of yesteryear".

The season ticket holder attended games for many years until his declining health made it impossible.

Mr Aicken had a particular love for the 1949 Linfield team and former Linfield striker Davy Walsh. The prolific goalscorer, who was picked to play for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, was also 92 when he passed away in April 2016. Walsh became one of the most celebrated footballers of the post-war era and blazed a trail for other Irish players.

Mr Hunter, who is president of the Belfast Battalion of the Boys' Brigade, said he loved to hear Harry's stories and recalled how his father-in-law would talk about his first Linfield match in the 1930s and how he witnessed Rangers play in front of 120,000 in a Hampden Cup Final.

Harry passed away peacefully in Arlington nursing home surrounded by his devoted family, son David, daughter Jennifer, son-in- law David and granddaughter Lyndsay.

The family say they will "all miss him greatly".

In the statement Linfield FC said:

"The deepest sympathy of everyone at Linfield FC is conveyed to the family circle at this very sad time".

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