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Linfield and Glentoran mourn the loss of former heroes Scott and Devine

By Graham Luney

Big Two rivals Linfield and Glentoran are united in mourning for two of their former heroes.

The Linfield family have just said an emotional farewell to the great Phil Scott, while the Glens are mourning the passing of Freddie Devine.

Scott, an inside forward from the '60s and early '70s, was grandfather of Glentoran starlet Jordan Stewart. He was 71. He won a league winner's medal with Distillery in the 1962/63 season but his goalscoring exploits are also fondly recalled at Windsor Park. Scott remains Linfield's joint top goalscorer (five) in European competition along with Arthur Thomas and Glenn Ferguson. The striker was one of the heroes of the Linfield team that lost narrowly in the quarter-finals of the European Cup in the 1966-67 season.

In September 1966, he scored his first European goal in a 3-3 draw away to Aris of Luxembourg. He also scored twice in the return leg on September 14, which Linfield won 6-1.

In the next round he scored in a 4-1 win away to Valarengen.

His final European goal came in a 1968 Fairs Cup tie during a 3-1 loss to Vitoria Setubal of Portugal at Windsor Park.

Scott also scored both goals in the 2-1 1970 Irish Cup final victory over Ballymena United.

Across Belfast, Devine – another striker – shone under then Glens boss Bobby McGregor in the late '70s.

A Glentoran statement read: "The club is sad to hear of the untimely passing of former player Freddie Devine. Freddie – a red haired centre forward – joined the club for the 1976-77 season and remained a first team squad member for two seasons. During that time he won an Ulster Cup medal and was a member of the great 1977 Championship squad managed by Bobby McGregor. Freddie was also a member of the Glens squad that travelled to Turin to play Juventus in the European Cup in October 1977. On leaving Glentoran Freddie had a successful spell in a strong Larne side.

"All at Glentoran FC extend their deepest condolences to the Freddie Devine's family and friends."

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