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Crusaders pay tribute to fan who died suddenly at Cup game in Scotland

Crusaders have paid tribute to a supporter who died suddenly at their Irn-Bru Challenge Cup game against Cover Rangers in Scotland on Saturday.

A statement on the Football Club's website said fan Billy Whiteside "fell ill and collapsed during the course of the game" at Station Park in Forfar.

The game was paused but despite best efforts of medical practitioners and the ambulance service at the stadium, he could not be resuscitated.

Mr Whiteside was the father of club Treasurer Tommy Whiteside.

Crusaders Chairman Stephen Bell said: "Billy was a lifelong supporter from a strong Crusaders family. He was telling us just today that he first came to Seaview with his father in the 1949-50 season, Crusaders' first season in the senior Irish League.

"Billy has been a good humoured jocular presence at Seaview (and across all the league's grounds) ever since. He has also travelled with the club across Europe.

The Club Chairman added: "On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the efforts of the medical and ambulance staff. It's a sad day for our club, but it will be a comfort that Billy passed away surrounded by friends.

"Billy will be sorely missed and we would convey our condolences to our esteemed Treasurer, Tommy and the entire family circle. Billy's passing will be marked appropriately at our next home fixture."

The Football Club also took to Twitter to pass on their condolences.

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