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Tributes paid following death of Cliftonville stalwart Fred Jardine

Former president involved with Belfast club for over 73 years

Tributes have been paid to former Cliftonville Club President Fred Jardine who has passed away at the age of 94.

Mr Jardine was a well-known figure to all Cliftonville fans and spent over 73 years at Solitude in a variety of roles.

'Freddie' as he was affectionately known, first came to the club in 1945 and after being injured took on a coaching role with the team.

After studying physiotherapy he became the club's head physio and also worked with Northern Ireland youth-teams.

Through that role he worked with a young George Best and Pat Jennings.

The physiotherapy suite at Solitude is named in Mr Jardine's honour.

For his contribution to the sport he was presented with the inaugural BBC NI Unsung Hero award in December 2013.

In 2014 he was awarded the Lifetime Contribution honour at the Belfast City Council Sports Awards.

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor said that everyone at the club was devastated with the loss.

“Freddie was synonymous with Cliftonville FC and his loss has left us devastated,” he said.

“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."

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