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Brendan Lynch was much-loved comrade at Cliftonville

By Graham Luney

Cliftonville are mourning the loss of their long-serving physiotherapist Brendan Lynch.

Brendan, who was also known as 'Benny' at Solitude, passed away at the age of 55 on Saturday evening.

Players, coaches and supporters expressed their shock at Brendan's passing on social media yesterday.

Reds coach Gerard Lyttle said: "Benny Lynch was a g8 guy and a g8 character. A Cville legend! Thoughts and prayers r with young Benny and his family. May he rest in peace."

Former Cliftonville defender Ciaran Donaghy said: "Very sorry to hear about the passing of Benny Lynch. Helped me a lot after a tough couple of seasons at Solitude with injury. RIP Benny."

Declan O'Hara added: "What a sad day it is to here the passing of a true legend Benny Lynch. Rip my friend."

John Connelly stated: "Absolutely shocked at the news that Benny Lynch has passed away thoughts and prayers are with his family #RIPBenny"

Agent Gerry Carlisle said: "Benny Lynch was a figure in my life from my early teen years at Lámh Dhearg GAC. My heart goes out to his family. My thoughts are with them."

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor added: "Benny was an absolute gentleman who was respected and liked by all. He always went about his role with a smile on his face and no matter what, he always had time for everyone."

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