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Cliftonville shocked by sudden death of Tommy Breslin

Cliftonville club legend and former manager Tommy Breslin. Credit: Presseye

Cliftonville Football Club has been left devastated by the sudden death of former manager and player Tommy Breslin.

News of the 58-year-old club legend’s passing while on holiday in Spain was confirmed on Wednesday evening.

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A statement said: “While the club will naturally pay a fuller tribute to Tommy very soon, at this moment in time our thoughts are very much with the Breslin family circle and all of his many friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.”

Current manager Paddy McLaughlin also hailed him as a “true Cliftonville and Irish League legend”.

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Meanwhile, fans have added their shock and sadness in a flood of posts on social media.

Other Irish Premiership clubs, any more further afield, have also extended their sympathies to the Breslin family and friends.

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Tommy Breslin, who was the first Cliftonville manager to win back-to-back league titles, led them to eight trophies.

His most recent stint at Solitude was a temporary role in April 2017, following the departure of Gerard Lyttle.

Cliftonville's Tommy Breslin, pictured with the Gibson Cup in 2013. Credit: Presseye

NI Football League Managing Director Andrew Johnston paid tribute to Tommy Breslin as a “hugely popular figure in local football circles”.

He added: “On behalf of the NI Football League, we would like to wish our sincere condolences to the Breslin family and Tommy’s friends at this sad time.”

Tommy Breslin during celebrations after Cliftonville's league title win in 2014, for the second year running. Credit: Presseye