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Tributes to Northern Ireland league footballer Scappaticci following death

By Jonny Bell

Tributes have been paid to Tony Scappaticci, the former Glenavon player, following his death.

Scappaticci, who also played for Newry City and Banbridge Town before his retirement from the game at the turn of the century, died on Monday at the age of 48. He was part of the Lurgan Blues side which lifted the Irish Cup in 1992.

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Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer described him as a character and a very popular player among the Mourneview faithful.

He said: "He was a classy left back. Strong in the air and good in the tackle. He had the attributes to have played cross-channel football had he applied himself.

"He was part of our 1992 Irish cup winning team and on his day one of the best full backs around."

Mr Teer added: "He had been suffering ill heath. It's a very sad day he was a popular character and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

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