Former professional footballer Kieron Durkan, who was born in Chester, has tragically died at the age of 44.
Mr Durkan is understood to have passed away in the Runcorn area yesterday (Wednesday, February 28), but the circumstances of his death are unknown.
He wrote himself into Wrexham AFC's folklore when he famously scored against Manchester United in a FA Cup thriller in January 1995.
The Daily Post reports that the famous fourth round game at Old Trafford eventually ended in a 5-2 victory for United, but the midfielder’s opener is still remembered today.
It was also Mr Durkan who scored a screamer in the previous round against Premier League Ipswich at the Racecourse, which gave Wrexham a 2-1 lead, dumped the Tractor Boys out, and set up the Manchester game.
Mickey Thomas, a former Wrexham, Man Utd and Wales winger, said: “It is a real tragedy. I remember him as a young lad coming up through the ranks and of course there was that goal against Man Utd.
“He was a really nice lad and his family will be devastated. My thoughts are with them.”
Pete Jones, chairman of the Wrexham Supporters Trust who run Wrexham AFC , said: “It is extremely sad news to hear.
“His name will always live on in Wrexham with those special goals: that one that put Ipswich out of the FA Cup and the goal that put Wrexham 1-0 up against Man Utd.
“He’s never been far from Wrexham fans’ hearts.”
In a statement, Wrexham AFC said: "The club has been so saddened to hear of the untimely passing of former player Kieron Durkan, at just 44 years of age.
"After coming through the ranks, he patiently waited on his first team chances, but always had a smile on his face and went onto make his mark in the club’s history."
The club said that, after retiring from football, Mr Durkan is believed to have been a PCSO in the Widnes area.
The former player was also remembered on Wrexham AFC’s Red Passion fan website and on social media.
One fan said: “I can still see that volley against Ipswich now. One of my favourite ever goals - never dreamed it would hit the net, but was probably his sweetest strike ever.”
Another said: “Such sad news. Thanks for the memories.”
Mr Durkan played for Wrexham between 1992 and 1996, making 50 appearances and scoring four goals.
He continued playing professionally for teams including Stockport County, Macclesfield Town, York City, Rochdale and Swansea City, and for non-League teams Caernarfon Town, Runcorn FC Halton, Leek Town and Cefn Druids, where he finished in 2005.
He made more than 250 appearances in the Football League.