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Irish FA pay tribute to friend Wesley Gregg

By Stuart McKinley

Wesley Gregg's colleagues at the Irish FA have paid a glowing tribute to the man whose death shocked local football.

While well known at senior level as the former first-team coach with Institute, Ballymena United and Coleraine, having only stepped down from his position with the Bannsiders a week before he died, he was passionate about youth football and was ideally suited to his job as a Grassroots Development Officer with the IFA.

The association has been left feeling a massive loss and with a large hole to fill following Wesley's sudden death last weekend.

In a collective tribute his closest colleagues in the IFA's Grassroots team said: "Wesley was a key team member of the Irish FA's Football Development Department, forming many close friendships with fellow colleagues over several years.

"Wesley was a consummate professional in his chosen career, but more than this he always displayed kindness, consideration and friendship to all, open minded yet principled, approachable and sympathetic. A mentor to many, but above all else a true gentleman.

"Words cannot aptly describe the feelings of loss we each feel at this time, they cannot express the sense of grief we feel.

"We have lost a friend, a much esteemed colleague and we will sorely miss the many characteristics that made Wesley the friend he was.

"Our feelings of loss and grief cannot be measured against those of his wife, sons, grandchildren and wider family at this time, our thoughts are focused with them now and in the days and weeks ahead."

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