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Northern Ireland football mourns death of Keith Alexander

Tributes have been paid to Macclesfield Town boss and former Cliftonville player Keith Alexander who died hours after taking charge of a football match.

Alexander (53) collapsed at his home in Lincoln after arriving home on Tuesday from the League Two match at Notts County.

Alexander was a key figure for Cliftonville during the 1994/95 campaign, scoring two goals in a League Cup win over Linfield.

He attended Cliftonville’s 125th anniversary dinner at Belfast City Hall in 2004, and was due to attend a club function this year.

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor said Alexander’s name would be synonymous with the north Belfast club.

“I thank Keith Alexander for the memories, the great goals, the great nights and for always being a friend to our club. In fact, as recently as this week, we had made arrangements with him to attend an official Club function later in the year,” he told the club website.

Alexander suffered a cerebral aneurysm in 2003.

Macclesfield chairman Mike Rance said the club was “absolutely devastated”.

Both England's senior squad and the Under-21s wore black armbands in their games last night as a mark of respect.

Belfast Telegraph