Belfast Telegraph

Family's comfort over Linfield fan's death at match

By Joanne Sweeney

The son of the lifelong Linfield supporter who died during a match against Glentoran at the weekend said he gets comfort knowing that his father passed away at the Big Two derby.

David Crozier jnr believes that if his 85-year-old father could have chosen a place to die, it would have been at Windsor Park.

Belfast man David Crozier died in the second half of the clash between the city rivals on Saturday.

Margaret, his wife of more than 50 years, was waiting for him to return from the match when she received a call that he'd been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

A minute's silence will be observed at Linfield's match against Ballinamallard tomorrow night in honour of the lifelong fan.

The retired van driver and school patrol attendant was a "true gentleman" who lived for Windsor Park and Linfield FC.

He was on his own at Windsor Park having walked from his nearby home at Lemberg Street, off the Donegall Road.

Last night his son David said he believes that nothing more could have been done to save him.

"I get some comfort knowing that my daddy died at the Big Two. If he could have picked somewhere for his passing, it would have been Windsor Park and the Big Two.

"He went where he was surrounded by his other family - that was Linfield and Windsor Park. He had a real affinity for the club as he had contributed to it every year by his faithful attendance.

"He lived for 3pm every Saturday and he would have seen many hundreds of games."

Mr Crozier jnr added his mother Margaret was overwhelmed to know that so many Linfield and other Irish League club fans had sent messages of condolences.

He added: "I would like to thank Linfield, the medical team and paramedics, staff and everyone at the ground who helped him, and then special thanks to Glentoran FC and their supporters, and in fact every Irish League club, who have passed their messages of condolence to us."

A statement from Linfield FC spoke of the "valiant efforts" that were made to revive Mr Crozier and how the club was touched by the messages of condolence.

Mr Crozier is survived by his wife, four children and six grandchildren and his cremation service will be held at Roselawn Crematorium at 12noon on Friday.

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