Generations of Glentoran's most faithful fans joined with the family and friends of Maxi Johnston to bid say goodbye to the leading figure among the club's supporters.
Mr Johnston (81), a long-time member of the Castlereagh Supporters Club and a former chairman, died earlier this week at the age of 81.
Many of the mourners attending his funeral yesterday morning at Co-Operative Funeral Services on the Ravenhill Road in south Belfast wore the colours of Glentoran and the supporters club.
Edward Maxwell Johnston started his work career as a fitter before going to Queen's University at the age of 30 and graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. He then pursued a career in England and Northern Ireland.
As well as a lifelong passion for Glentoran, Mr Johnston was a season ticket holder with Ulster Rugby and a keen golfer who played at Scrabo in Newtownards.
His son Michael said: "My father was a popular and highly intelligent man, and he was well read."
Mr Johnston is survived by his wife Phyllis; sons Michael and Ian; daughter Ivy; his brother John and sister Margaret, both living in Australia.