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Tributes to Sky Blues superfan Trevor who lived to see Cup dream

By Staff Reporter

Tributes have been paid to soccer superfan Trevor Burns, who died this week.

Trevor, who was Ballymena Utd's No1 fan, had missed only a handful of his club's matches in the past 58 years.

He was widely known throughout Northern Ireland's footballing world as a passionate and dedicated supporter of the Sky Blues.

Trevor died just a couple of weeks after he saw his beloved team lift the League Cup for the first time in the club's 89-year history.

The league Cup final - against Carrick Rangers at Crusaders' Seaview stadium, was the last game Trevor attended.

In a touching gesture, Ballymena United manager David Jeffery dedicated the club's victory to Trevor.

Paying tribute to his decades of support for the club, Ballymena United FC said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of life-long supporter Trevor Burns.

"Trevor was a well-known character amongst supporters throughout the Irish League, and different generations will have fond memories of him from over the years," the club said.

"A former secretary of the Seven Towers Supporters Club, he was a true Sky Blue who rarely missed a game home or away, and most fittingly recently fought through his ill-health with a steely determination to watch his beloved team lift the League Cup for the first time - a moment described by manager David Jeffrey as "truly heroic".

"We hold the family in our hearts and extend our deepest sympathies at this sad time," the statement read.

Yesterday, Ballymena United's Supporter Liaison Officer Philip Simpson revealed that a special tribute to the football club's '12th man' would be held during the 12th minute at tomorrow's Irish Cup match against Coleraine.

"Everyone knew Trevor throughout the League as a great character and die hard United fan," Mr Simpson said on the club's Facebook page.

" The tributes since his passing has been announced just reaffirms the great esteem he was held in.

"As such, I think a minute's applause from the support in the 12th minute of our Irish Cup game against Coleraine would be a great tribute to our ultimate 12th man in Trevor Burns."

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