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Linfield have expressed their "deep sorrow and profound regret" following the passing of their former goalkeeper Ken Barclay aged 70 yesterday.  (stock photo)

Linfield have expressed their "deep sorrow and profound regret" following the passing of their former goalkeeper Ken Barclay aged 70 yesterday. (stock photo)

Linfield have expressed their "deep sorrow and profound regret" following the passing of their former goalkeeper Ken Barclay aged 70 yesterday. (stock photo)

Linfield have expressed their "deep sorrow and profound regret" following the passing of their former goalkeeper Ken Barclay aged 70 yesterday.

Among Ken's impressive list of honours with the Blues are two Irish League winner's medals in 1974-75 and 1977-78 and an Irish Cup winner's medal in 1978 following the 3-1 victory over Ballymena United at The Oval.

He passed away at his home in Whitehead and is survived by his wife Mavis, son Ken - a doctor - and daughter Gemma.

Ken's older brother Billy was a former goalkeeper with Cliftonville and Distillery.

After spells with AEI Larne and Distillery, the goalkeeper signed for Linfield in February 1972 and he made his debut in a 1-1 draw away to Portadown in August that year.

On top of the league and Irish Cup success, he won the Ulster Cup three times and County Antrim Shield in the 1976-77 season.

He made a total of 238 Linfield appearances, including four European clashes - and in one of them, he was sent off away to Lillestrom. His replacement in that match and after his Linfield career was George Dunlop. Ken was released by Linfield in July 1981 and went on to make seven appearances for Glentoran in the 1981-82 season.

A keen badminton player, he was married in Larne in October 1987 and emigrated to Adelaide in Australia before returning to Northern Ireland in the 1990s and worked at Shorts.

The Blues documented Barclay's Linfield career on their website and added: "The deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences of everyone at Linfield FC are extended to Ken's grieving family circle and friends at this very sad time."

Glentoran also marked Ken's passing on their website, saying: "Deepest condolences to Ken's family circle on their very sad loss."

Belfast Telegraph