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Tributes pour in for the 'original Hatchetman' Norman Pavis

 

Norman Victor Pavis
Norman Victor Pavis

By Graham Luney

Crusaders and the wider Irish league community will this week say an emotional farewell to the "original Hatchetman", Norman Victor Pavis.

Tributes have poured in for the Seaview legend who passed away on Thursday.

Norman, the older brother of legendary Linfield striker Sammy Pavis who died aged 76 in July, lit up the Irish league in the 1960s with his tenacious tackling, flair and talent.

Supporters voted the legendary defender into the north Belfast club's Hall of Fame in 2007.

He was one of the hardest competitors in Irish league history and also won an amateur International cap in 1959 against England at Solitude.

A knee injury ruled him out of the 1967 Irish Cup Final, when Crusaders overcame Glentoran 3-1, but his commitment to the cause and class earned him iconic status on the Shore Road.

Crues chairman Ronnie Millar saying: "Norman was the original Hatchetman, firm but fair.

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"Many, many players in the Irish League feared him and they certainly knew they where on the field with him at the end of 90 minutes."

Glentoran legend Jim 'Bimbo' Weatherup added: "On the pitch Norman was a real iron man and a great footballer, off it he was easy going and cheerful guy."

Norman leaves behind wife Jean, sons Norman, Mark and daughter Vivienne along with nine grandchildren.

His funeral service will be at S Clarke & Son's Church, Newtownards tomorrow at 10am and afterwards to Roselawn Crematorium.

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