Linfield lead tributes to lifelong fan from Newtownabbey

Tributes have been paid to dedicated Linfield Football Club supporter, Colin Graham.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 12:53 pm

Mr Graham (51) passed away on February 25 in Glebe Care Home.

He was the beloved son of Lily and the late Jimmy Graham.

Colin was a lifelong supporter of Linfield.

Colin Graham.

Paying tribute on social media, a spokesperson for the Windsor Park club said: “Colin, from Glengormley, was a familiar face in the former disabled section close to the old South Stand but unfortunately, he hadn’t been able to attend games since the Irish Cup final win against Coleraine, due to illness.

“The sympathy of everyone at the club is extended to the family circle at this very sad time.”

Fellow Newtownabbey-based Linfield fan, Darren Logan, said that Mr Graham’s passing was “a sad loss.”

Speaking to the Times, Darren said: “Colin, or ‘Tubby’ as we knew him, was just like the rest of us, a Linfield fanatic.

“A true gentleman always asking how you were. Little did we realise that in later years we would be asking the same of him.

“He was always invited down to our AGMs in Monkstown and he loved the craic with his fellow Bluemen. A sad loss and will be dearly missed by his friends at Monkstown True Blues LSC.”

A post on the Funeral Times website said: “Donations in lieu may be sent direct to MS Society.”

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Yesterday the Carrick Times reported that tributes have been paid to well-known bandsman, Stuart Sloan, who died following a road traffic collision at Ballycarry on Friday.

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