Port Vale’s leading supporters have led the tributes to fellow fan Shaun Kelly, who has lost his battle against poor health.
Shaun had been a familiar face as a Vale regular and had been involved in the popular Memoirs of Seth Bottomley fanzine in the 1990s.
Supporters Club chairman Mark Porter said: “Shaun was a lovely man, always had time for anyone, he literally was one of the nicest blokes you could ever meet.
“He was funny, he loved his friends, his family and he literally had time for anyone.
“If you were sad or down he would drop you a message and make you feel better, he was there for everyone.
“He was a devoted son, a loved brother and a proud uncle.
“My condolences to Shaun’s family and friends. He will live on in our hearts forever and will always be part of the Vale family.”
Ally Simcock, Vale’s fans’ liaison officer, added to the tributes with a message on Vale’s website.
She said: “All of you will know Shaun for his extremely caring nature and bad jokes. He had suffered from poor health over the last few years, so had not managed to see as many Vale games as he would have liked.
“However, it didn’t matter how bad he was feeling, he still managed to find the time to check up on everyone else.
“All I can add to that is Shaun had the biggest heart and the tightest hug. He loved his music, he enjoyed cooking and he loved the Vale. From everyone at Port Vale Football Club, may you now Rest In Peace. You will be sadly missed.”