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Carrick Rangers in moving vow of support to tragedy-hit family

Carrick Rangers teammates of the late Jerry Thompson
Carrick Rangers teammates of the late Jerry Thompson
Jerry Thompson
Fans paid tribute to the player at Saturday’s game with Glentoran at the Loughshore Hotel Arena
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie has told the family of Jerry Thompson that the club will always be there to support them.

Mr Thompson died suddenly on December 10, aged 24.

Family members were in attendance on Saturday at the Loughshore Hotel Arena as his team-mates got back onto the pitch against Glentoran for the first time since his funeral.

The players of both teams, as well as the match officials, came on to the pitch with T-shirts featuring Thompson's name, squad number 21 and the #ItsOKnottobeOK message.

A minute's silence was observed by both teams and officials, arm in arm with each other, while supporters applauded in tribute during the 21st minute of the match.

"We did our very best to look after Jerry's family and make sure they had a great day," Currie said.

"We'll be there for them, anything they need. I spoke to Gerard's mummy and daddy and told them we'll be here.

"We'll be here forever for them and he'll be part of us forever.

"He wasn't at the club for very long but it's not about the time, it's about the impact that he made. They should be very proud of him, such a genuine, absolute gentleman of a man. He just wanted to listen and get better. They're a wonderful, loving family and the pain they're going through is all I can think about."

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