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Cliftonville in shock at loss of former player Straney

Former Cliftonville goalie Paul Straney. Credit: Pacemaker

Cliftonville Football Club has been left shocked and saddened by death of former goalkeeper Paul Straney, at the age of 42.

Straney had returned to Solitude as goalkeeping coach when the Reds won the league in 2014.

The north Belfast club has paid tribute to him as a “larger than life character who was fiercely proud of representing Cliftonville”.

A minute’s applause will be held before kick-off when Cliftonville play Glentoran on Saturday.

The team will also wear black armbands and are planning a further tribute for the club’s Christmas carol service after the game.

“Not only have we lost a former player and coach, but also a true friend, a Red, and one of our own,” chairman Gerard Lawlor said.