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Football club "devastated" after death of young player

19-year-old Kyle Doherty who died after a night out Credit: Stenhousemuir FC

A former Stranraer footballer has been found dead after a night out in Manchester. Kyle Doherty, a 19-year-old player with Division Two side Stenhousemuir, was starting to break through to the first team.

Both clubs and his family and friends have been shocked by his death and have paid tribute to the promising player.

Kyle’s body was discovered around eight hours after he was reported missing in Suede bar, off Deansgate in Manchester.

He is believed to have fallen into a courtyard during a night out with friends. Kyle was part of a group of friends visiting the city for New Year.

In a statement Bill Darroch, Chairman of Stenhousemuir FC said: “I am extremely saddened to have to report that one of our Under 20s Team players, Kyle Doherty, has been found dead following a night out in Manchester.

“We are all devastated by this news and our immediate thoughts are with Kyle’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

"Kyle was a talented footballer and had been a part of Stenhousemuir Football Club since signing for us in July 2013. He had become a regular in our Under-20s Team and was starting to break through in to the First Team squad. He was liked and valued by his team mates and coaches alike. He will be missed by all who knew him.

“The entire Club is in shock at this most terrible of news and we offer our deepest condolences to Kyle’s family and friends.”

Stranraer FC also paid tribute to Kyle and said: "It is with regret that the club has to start the year with sad news. Kyle was a talented and popular member of the squad. The thoughts of the club are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Former Stranraer footballer's body found after night out

Former Stranraer footballer Kyle Doherty has been found dead after a night out in Manchester.

The 19-year-old most recently played for Division Two side Stenhousemuir.

Kyle’s body was discovered around eight hours after he was reported missing in Suede bar, off Deansgate in Manchester.

He is believed to have fallen into a courtyard during a night out with friends.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the body of the 19-year-old man has been found in the city centre: "At around 10pm on Thursday January 1, 2015, officers discovered the body of a man on Longworth Street, near Deansgate. The death is not being treated as suspicious."

Stranraer football club paid tribute to Kyle: "It is with regret that the club has to start the year with sad news.

"Former blues under 17 player Kyle Doherty,19, died on a night out in Manchester.

"Kyle was a talented and popular member of the squad that included current first team player Adam Forde and was playing with Stenhousemuir under 20s.

"The thoughts of the club are with his family and friends at this sad time. RIP Doc."

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Stranraer boss wins Manager of the Month Award

Stephen Aitken took home the award for the second time this year Credit: Stranraer FC

Stranraer FC's manager Stephen Aitken has won the Scottish Professional Football League 1 Manager of the Month Award for the second time in a row.

Stevie and his coaching staff have received the award for both October and November this year.

The Blues won all 3 league games in November, scoring 11 goals.

One of the league matches won was that fantastic 6-3 demolishing of Ayr United at Somerset.

The Blues also progressed to the 4th round of the William Hill Scottish Cup in November with a win against Auchinleck Talbot afer a replay.

Stranraer FC will have to settle for fewer tickets

The row over the official capacity at Stranraer Football Club appears to have been settled.

Club members have met and accepted the council's decision to limit the numbers on safety grounds.

Stranraer's capacity could increase to up to 4,000 if they make improvements - but they were hoping to sell 6,000 tickets.

The club's been given less than three weeks to make the changes before Glasgow Rangers visit on August 17.

Full report: Stranraer Football Club's capacity row

Angry fans have been lobbying their local council, in a row over the official capacity at Stranraer Football Club.

Officers at Dumfries and Galloway Council say the club's ground can only safety hold 3,000 - that is around half its stated number.

The club was hoping it could cash in this season, by selling up to 6,000 tickets for its matches with Glasgow Rangers.

Watch Matthew Taylor's report here:

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Russell Brown MP: Capacity cut is a blow to Stranraer

"I have been contacted by a number of members frustrated at the sudden capacity cut, and I can fully understand that frustration.

"Stranraer FC obviously asked the council for a figure and that has been done but I know that supporters have been taken aback somewhat by what is basically a 50 per cent cut in capacity.

"There is talk of moving the Rangers matches to another ground but clearly local fans I have spoken to understandably do not want that to happen.

"Such a move may redress the potential loss of income for the club, which is important but playing these matches elsewhere will do nothing for the town itself.

"The Rangers games will be a boost to the Stranraer economy, which it badly needs and it would be a real blow to lose these high profile matches from Stair Park or to see them played in front of just 3000 people."

– Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown

Response from Dumfries and Galloway Council

"About a month ago, Stranraer FC asked our Building Standards Service to provide an estimate of capacity for their whole ground at Stair Park.

"Building Standards had not previously provided an estimate for the whole ground and this is the first time one had been requested.

"The Building Standards legal requirement is for a safety certificate for the South Stand only.

"However, our Building Standards team was happy to provide an estimate on request, though only the capacity for South Stand is enforceable by the service.

"Our team used the guidance provided by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in their Green Book on sports grounds. Using this guidance, an estimate of just under 3,000 has been given.

"Stranraer FC has been given advice on a number of measures they can consider to increase the capacity of their ground."

– Steven Kirkpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Emergency talks over Stranraer FC capacity row

Emergency talks are being held today, July 30, over Stranraer Football Club's stadium capacity row.

The club was hoping to sell 6,000 tickets for their home game against Rangers next month.

But Dumfries and Galloway Council dealt a blow when they said fewer than 3,000 would be available because of health and safety concerns.

The club is meeting with Scottish football's governing body to ask for their capacity at Stair Park to be doubled.

The Blues are hoping the organisation will allow for 6,000 tickets to be issued with a safety certificate for the main stand only.

The club are also meeting with the police to discuss crowd control.

Selling 6,000 tickets will generate nearly £100,000 for the club.

Club's fury at fewer tickets for home game

Stranraer Football Club were hoping to sell 6,000 tickets for their home game against Rangers. Credit: ITV News Border

Stranraer Football Club are furious after discovering there will be 50 per cent fewer tickets available for their home game against Rangers.

The club were hoping to sell 6,000 tickets but Dumfries and Galloway council say only 2,988 will be available due to health and safety rules.