Tributes paid to Carrick legend

David McKenzie.
David McKenzie.

Tributes have been paid to former Carrick Rangers player, David McKenzie.

Mr McKenzie, who was a key player during the club’s momentous exploits in 1976, passed away peacefully on April 22 at the age of 71.

In 1976 the Taylor's Avenue side won the Intermediate Cup, Irish Cup and reached the last sixteen of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Passing on condolences, a club spokesperson said: "Although many football fans will remember that it was Gary Prenter’s brace that won the Irish Cup in 1976, the ‘Gers players from that team are quick to remind us that it was Davy’s goals that got them to the final; his hat-trick against Larne in the semi-final replay at Seaview securing a place in the final at The Oval.

"Davy also scored one of the goals in the Intermediate Cup win over Dundela in the same season. The thoughts of everyone at Carrick Rangers Football Club are with Davy’s family and friends at this time."

David was the dearly loved son of Bruce and the late Annie, much loved husband of Lorna, loving father of Noelle, Stephen, Kathryn and Loreen and a loving father-in-law and papa to his 10 grandchildren.

A service of thanksgiving was held in Portstewart Baptist Church on Sunday followed by interment in Ballywillan Cemetery, Portrush.