Tributes paid to Rangers board member Johnston

Carrick Rangers secretary, Charlie Johnston.
Carrick Rangers secretary, Charlie Johnston.

Carrick Rangers are mourning the death of well-known board member Charles Johnston.

Mr. Johnston, who was mayor of Carrickfergus, passed away on Tuesday evening (February 24) after a brave battle with serious illness.

A dedicated fan of his hometown team, Charlie had served as the Gers’ secretary since 2012 and was a familiar figure on match days at Taylor’s Avenue, greeting visiting teams with his wife, Patricia.

He was truly committed to the club and was delighted to see the first-team reach the final of this year’s Steel and Sons Cup. The side went on to win the trophy in style, defeating Harland and Wolff Welders.

He was unable to attend the showpiece match but, in a brilliant and memorable gesture, club chairman David Hilditch and manager Gary Haveron brought the famous old piece of silverware to him in hospital on Christmas Day.

In a tribute published on Carrick’s website, the 64-year-old was described as an ‘ardent supporter’ who continued to fulfill his role as secretary throughout his illness.

“Everyone at Taylor’s Avenue will miss Charlie and the joy he brought to everyone at the club. Charlie was a dedicated member of the Carrick Rangers family and will forever be in the Amber Army,” a statement read.

His last contribution to his beloved Rangers was to sponsor Saturday’s Championship 1 match against the Welders.

Carrick players have also been remembering him. Defender Ciaran Donaghy took to Twitter, writing: “Gutted to learn of the passing of Charlie Johnston tonight. Massive loss for the club. Thoughts with Patricia and the family tonight. RIP.”

Striker Miguel Chines wrote: “Even in his last few days he still sponsored our match and made sure the players were looked after... Sums it up what a person he was! #RIPCJ.”

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