WREXHAM FC fans last night spoke of their shock at the death of former Dragons defender Stuart Mason.
Mason, who was the club's former assistant commercial manager before running a sports shop, died on Sunday, aged 57.
Whitchurch-born Mason made more than 200 appearances in two spells between 1964 and 1973 for the Racecourse club, with two years at Liverpool where he was unable to break into the first team.
He was a member of Wrexham's promotion-winning side in 1970, and later went on to play at Chester, Rochdale and Crewe before moving into non-league football with Bangor City and Oswestry Town.
During the mid 1980s, Mason returned to the Racecourse as the club's assistant commercial manager, and later established his own sports shop in the town.
In addition to his footballing talent, Mason was an excellent cricketer and played at North Wales and minor counties level for a number of years.
He died suddenly in his sleep at home in Wrexham on Sunday.
Wrexham FC will hold a minute's silence before their next home game against Rushden & Diamonds next Tuesday.
Wrexham Official Supporters' Association chairman, Carroll Clark, said: "He was a very good player indeed and a nice guy as well. He was a very young player when he was with us, a good full-back who took the eye of Liverpool."