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Obituary: Footballer Davy Gordon made big impact in Norway

Tributes have been paid to one of the heroes of junior football in Northern Ireland following his death at the age of 55.

Davy Gordon, a former Irish League player and one of the founding members of the Lisburn League club County Down Rangers, was buried in the Co Down village of Drumaness.

Mr Gordon had spells in the Amateur League with various clubs and played in the Irish League's top flight with both Portadown and Lisburn Distillery.

The highly-regarded striker became a local success story after being spotted playing by a Norwegian doctor at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, who put him in contact with his goal-shy home club Egersunds. After signing as a semi-professional, he became an instant hit with the Norwegian club's supporters, scoring 26 goals in his first season.

He returned to Northern Ireland to take up managerial roles with Drumaness Mills, Dromara and Kilmore Rec among others in the Amateur League.

Former Banbridge Town team-mate Ronnie Haughey said that Davy was a "super guy who enjoyed his football".

"He was a no-nonsense centre forward but he had a very pleasant personality," he said.

Mr Gordon died in hospital after a long battle with serious illness. At his funeral, players of Drumaness walked in the cortege. He was the son of Bobby Gordon, a former long-serving former chairman of Hillsborough Boys, and is survived by his wife Anne, son Jason, daughters Terri and Kathy, and sister Sandra.

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