Tributes have been paid to former Chester City player Paul Comstive, who has died aged 52.
Calm and assured with a sweet left foot, Comstive joined the Blues in November 1991 when Harry McNally paid Bolton Wanderers £10,000 for his services.
Initially playing in midfield, he later moved to left back and scored in the first ever league game at the Deva Stadium, thumping home the final goal in a 3-0 win over his former club Burnley.
McNally’s assistant when Comstive joined the club was Blues legend Graham Barrow, who had previously alongside him for Wigan Athletic.
“Paul was such a nice guy and could play anywhere down the left,” said Barrow.
“We had a very good group of boys in those days and Paul was part of that. I think the fans really appreciated the effort those boys put in for the club.
“He played for all of the big Lancashire clubs and he came here and did really for us as he did for all his clubs.
“He could play anywhere down the left but it was not just the football side with Paul.
“He was such a nice guy and just a lovely lad.”
Comstive came through the ranks with Blackburn Rovers and his career included spells with Rochdale, Wrexham and Burnley.
In total, Comstive made 64 appearances and scored seven times for Chester City before joining his home town club Southport.
He died on Sunday, December 29 after a heart attack.
Barrow said: “It was a big shock to me because one of the outstanding things about Paul was that he was always a very fit boy.
“It is a sad, sad loss and my thoughts are with his family and friends.”