Chester fans and staff pay tribute to supporter Garry Allen who died before match

Published date: 23 March 2017 |
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Club and fans came together as Chester FC paid tribute to supporter Garry Allen who collapsed and died while watching his beloved Blues earlier this month.

Garry’s family were guests of honour and watched on as friends and club staff led a minute’s applause prior to the home fixture against Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night.

Floral tributes were laid on the pitch to the lifelong Blues fan, who died after falling ill on the Harry McNally Terrace just before the game with Tranmere Rovers on March 3.

“This date was chosen to pay tribute to Garry as it falls between what would have been his birthday and anniversary,” said club CEO Mark Maguire. “Garry’s family felt it was the perfect day for us to pay our respects.”

Garry’s family paid tribute to club doctors, paramedics and the police following their attempt to save the 56-year-old’s life and were visibly moved as fans unfurled a banner and sang: “There’s only one Garry Allen”.

Mr Maguire added: “I am humbled by the strength and spirit of Garry’s family and it was genuinely an honour to spend some time with them.”

Mr Allen’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at Chester Crematorium starting at 2.40pm.

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