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Tributes for Lisnagarvey stalwart Nigel Howard who was a true Blue

By Staff Reporter

Published 10/09/2015

Steven Arbuthnot's girls and Shirley McCay's boys are in the U18 category which features three teams from England and one from Scotland and Wales
Steven Arbuthnot's girls and Shirley McCay's boys are in the U18 category which features three teams from England and one from Scotland and Wales

Tributes have been pouring in for Lisnagarvey's 1st XI manager Nigel Howard, who passed away suddenly.

Nigel had been a true Blue since his young days, involved in the club as a player, manager and coach at various levels.

He was co-coach with friend Kyle Lunn when the club's 2nd XI won the Irish Junior Cup in 2011 and then over the next few years he was manager as the 1st XI won the Kirk Cup, the Irish Hockey League and last season's Ulster Premier League.

"As a club we are shocked and devastated, and all our games this weekend, as well as the youth and tots activities, have been postponed," said Garvey chairman Mark Murray.

"Our heartfelt sympathies go to his wife Jennifer, who is my vice-chairman at the club, daughters Emily and Laura who are players at the club, his father Bobby, who is a past Ulster and Irish President, mother Elizabeth and sister Louise.

"Nigel has been so passionate about Garvey for years and he leaves a difficult hole to fill."

Ulster President David Larmour expressed his sincere condolences to the family circle on behalf of the hockey community and numerous clubs have also passed on their sympathies.

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 12.00pm at Railway Presbyterian Church in Lisburn.

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