CHESTER FC will hold a minute’s applause in memory of a young fan who tragically died after collapsing while playing football with his friends.
The Blues will pay tribute to seven-year-old Ciaran Geddes, from Warrington, prior to Saturday’s final game of the season at home to Marine.
The football-mad youngster, who was one of the mascots for the Blues’ home clash with FC United of Manchester in August last year, was enjoying a kick-about at his Birchwood school on Tuesday evening when he suddenly collapsed.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene at 6.15pm and Ciaran was rushed to Warrington District General Hospital, but he later died.
Mourners have since left Chester FC scarves at the scene.
The club said on its official website: “Chester FC would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family at this time, and we have offered support wherever needed.
“It goes without saying that this is tragic news and has left everyone at the club stunned and saddened.”
In a statement, Ciaran’s family, who are City Fans United members, said: “Ciaran was our young, rising star, he shined brightly in our lives.
“He was taken from us too soon but will never be far from our thoughts and dreams. His football was everything to him, and his beloved Chester FC.
“He lived with joy in his heart as well as a love for his family. His smile was infectious and it is how we will remember him. He will sleep soundly now. We miss you Boo and will see you again.”
Ciaran’s grandad Malcolm Hoole-Stewart added: “He was a fun-loving little lad who loved his football. My daughter (Ciaran’s mum) is totally devastated. We said that he was our little angel.”