Belfast Telegraph

A very fitting resting place for Blues fan David who died at game

By Ivan Little

The son of a lifelong Linfield fan who died during a game at the team's home last week has revealed his family were stunned to discover the urn they picked for his ashes was a style called... Windsor.

David Crozier's widow Margaret had no idea the vase she chose at the offices of a funeral director had the same name as Linfield's stadium, where her husband passed away during a match against Glentoran.

Mr Crozier's son, also called David, said: "The undertaker gave us a wry smile after my mum picked the urn and he told us it was from a range called Windsor. We couldn't believe it".

Scores of people, including rival football club officials and fans, were at the 85-year-old's funeral yesterday at a church near the ground, and later at Roselawn crematorium.

On Wednesday night Mrs Crozier, her son, three daughters and four grandchildren were at Windsor Park as tributes were paid to the Linfield season ticket holder before a match against Ballinamallard United.

The family applauded fans and players for observing a minute's silence and thanked paramedics who tried in vain to save Mr Crozier's life four days earlier.

The Ballinamallard match was the first game Mrs Crozier had ever attended. And she wore her husband's 30-year-old Linfield scarf to the match.

David, who has fond memories of going to games with his father, said he would have been embarrassed by all the fuss over him in recent days.

He added: "He would also have been upset at the distress which had been caused to the fans around him at the Glens match.

"All he ever wanted to do was to watch the Blues. Apart from his family and his work, they were his life. If he could have picked a place to pass away, it would have been Windsor Park. We took some comfort from that amid all the heartbreak"

Mr Crozier was brought up a short distance from Windsor and he and his wife, who celebrated 52 years of marriage last month, lived all their married life in the Roden Street area. He didn't support any cross-channel football teams, according to his son, who said: "He always said that Irish football was proper football, honest football."

After retiring as a van driver Mr Crozier, an ex-soldier and Suez veteran, worked for seven years as a patrolman outside St Bride's Primary in Derryvolgie Avenue.

Last Saturday Mr Crozier went on his own to Windsor Park to see the Blues play the Glens. His son, who used to be a Linfield ball-boy, said his father mightn't have gone if the opponents had been anyone else.

"He really enjoyed the 'Big Two' matches. He thought the atmosphere was electric and he always said they were good games, because anyone could win them.

"Every Irish League club and their supporters sent their condolences. And there were also messages from the likes of Joe Gormley, the ex-Cliftonville goalscorer who's now in England, and even from Glentoran fans in Canada.

"It was touching that Linfield were so kind to us on Wednesday night. It meant a lot to my mother that the club her husband loved all his life replicated it back to us," said David, who remembered his father kept his cool at matches.

"He wasn't a man who would shout at the players or even at the referees, and whenever the Blues scored he wouldn't be jumping up and down in celebration.

"But you'd always see a smile spreading over his face."

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