Stars of past and present mourn the loss of legendary Portadown kitman Geordie Richardson
Obituary: George Richardson 1944-2017
Tributes have poured in for former Portadown kitman George Richardson, who passed away on Tuesday night aged 73 after a short battle with illness.
An integral part of the club for 30 years, 'Geordie' was a dedicated Ports man both on and off the field.
A boyhood fan of the club, he was well-known and highly respected within the club and further afield for the role he played at Shamrock Park. His dedication to the role was marked a few seasons ago with the erection of a plaque in the main dressing room that reads: "Geordie's Boot Room".
Geordie was one of Portadown's greatest characters, and on social media there was a wave of condolences offered from those who knew him.
Cliftonville's former Ports defender Garry Breen commented: "The term legend gets put about a lot but this gentlemen was definitely one in my six years at Portadown; he was the most unsung hero ever. Looked after me and everyone at the club".
Ryan McCluskey, who now plays Gaelic football for Fermanagh but played midfield for Portadown, added: "Very sad news, a gentleman about the changing room and a great member of the back room staff."
Former striker, now Warrenpoint Town manager, Matthew Tipton also passed on his condolences, saying: "Such a good man. Thoughts and prayers with the whole Richardson family."
Dergview boss Richard Clarke said: "Terribly sad news. Working at Portadown was a real labour of love for Geordie. Gentleman and good friend over many years at the club. God Bless."
And another former midfielder, Dean Fitzgerald, posted: "In every successful club there must be a good dressing room, Geordie made ours a great one. Quick witted and loved the banter. RIP #clublegend". Geordie's funeral will take place tomorrow, with a service at the family home at 11am, the funeral at Thomas Street Methodist Church at 12 noon and a committal at Kernan Cemetery.
Mourners can also pay their respects to Geordie in the Portadown boardroom at Shamrock Park afterwards.
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