Linfield in tribute to tragic ex-scout
Linfield manager David Jeffrey last night led the tributes to the club's former scout Barry McClung, who was killed in a car crash on Thursday night.
Mr McClung died following an accident on the Coast Road in Larne, close to his home.
Recent ill health prevented the 69-year-old from continuing in his role with the Irish League champions, in which he provided Jeffrey with detailed match reports and analysis on his team's upcoming opposition.
Despite not being as heavily involved as he once was, Mr McClung, who had a lengthy background in amateur football from his days working at the Standard Telephone Company - now Nortel - still remained a popular figure at the club until his passing.
"It's a very sad day for Linfield Football Club," said Jeffrey, who had brought Mr McClung to Windsor Park.
"When I was cutting my teeth as assistant manager at Larne I was trying to gather information about opposing teams through newspapers and other avenues.
"When we decided to bring someone in to go out and do the analysis of the opposition for us, Barry was the man we appointed.
"Myself and my assistant Bryan McLaughlin - who had worked with Barry for years - brought him to Linfield with us.
"It was only after that we learned that he was a die-hard Blueman.
"It would be wrong for anyone to underestimate Barry's contribution to Linfield's success in recent years."
Tributes are expected to be paid to Mr McClung at Linfield's home game against Crusaders this afternoon and at the Ramada Hotel tonight, where the club is holding a gala dinner to mark its 125th anniversary.
Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash, in which no other vehicles were involved, to come forward.