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Game mourns loyal Fred Jardine

By Graham Luney

Tributes have poured in for one of the many unsung heroes of Irish League football, Fred Jardine, who has passed away at the age of 94.

Freddie will be remembered for the long and dedicated service he gave to Cliftonville, performing numerous roles during an association with the club that stretched back 73 years.

The many tributes from friends and players underline the huge affection for the real Solitude legend (right).

Reds chairman Gerard Lawlor said: "Freddie was synonymous with Cliftonville FC and his loss has left us devastated. The fact is, nobody at this football club can remember a time before Freddie - he was always here, always working, always dedicated and always open and available for a quick chat, a joke or a discussion about the latest match.

"He loved Cliftonville and Cliftonville loved him. The two have been one and the same for almost three quarters of a century and I know that, in addition to myself, the board, our players and supporters, there will be countless people from generation after generation who will be deeply saddened to hear that Freddie is no longer with us."

The Physiotherapy Suite at Solitude is named in Freddie's honour.

Former Cliftonville player and current Carrick boss David McAlinden said: "I can't put into words how I felt when I heard the news this morning.

"The man was someone I truly looked up to and had so much respect for.

"Sharing a hug in Dinaburg with tears in our eyes will never leave me. Rest in peace Freddie Jardine."

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