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Carrick Rangers plan special tributes to Jerry Thompson in return to action against Glentoran

Gerard ‘Jerry’ Thompson
Gerard ‘Jerry’ Thompson

Carrick Rangers are planning to hold special tributes to the late Jerry Thompson when they return to action against Glentoran at the Loughshore Hotel Arena on Saturday.

The sudden death of Thompson last week was heartbreaking for the Belfast man's family and devastating for the 24-year-old's team-mates at Carrick, where he was such a popular figure with management, players, the board and fans.

Last Saturday's league game at Cliftonville was postponed as a mark of respect to Jerry, whose funeral took place that morning. Boss Niall Currie and his players will train tonight before the weekend encounter with the Glens which promises to be an emotional occasion.

As part of a number of tributes on the day, during the pre-match warm-up both sets of players will wear specially made shirts which will feature Jerry's picture and his number at the club, 21. The #itsokaynottobeokay message, in line with mental health awareness, will also be displayed.

Following Jerry's passing, Carrick took the decision to retire his number 21 jersey in honour of the player who had been enjoying an excellent run of form this season.

Carrick chairman Peter Clarke said that his club appreciated the support given by Glentoran in relation to the planned weekend tributes and also thanked those connected with the Irish League and beyond for the support they have offered Jerry's family and the club at such a difficult time.

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