Frankie Styles: South of Scotland football pays tribute after death of “Mr Dalbeattie Star”
Tributes have been pouring in following the death on Monday of Dalbeattie Star’s honorary president, Frankie Styles.
A statement on the club website said it was very difficult to put into words how much he meant to not only everyone at the club but also the south of Scotland football community.
The statement continued: “To put it simply, Frankie was Mr Dalbeattie Star.
“He was involved with the club when we reformed in 1976 and has held virtually every post possible at the club in the 44 years since.
“He had a number of health issues over the last few years but he fought them bravely and refused to let them stop him from his day-to-day involvement at Islecroft.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Morag, Susan and Alistair, and the rest of his family at this very sad time. Rest in peace, Frankie.”
Many tributes were also paid by the south of Scotland football fraternity on social media and there was a poignant moment when everyone took part in a minute’s applause before the kick-off at Tuesday’s match with Caledonian Braves.
Among those paying tribute on social media were Annan Athletics who tweeted: “Sincerest condolences and heartfelt thoughts to Frankie’s family from all at Galabank.”
Threave Rovers posted: “Our deepest condolences to Frankie’s family, friends and everyone at the club from us all at Threave Rovers. A great character and legend at Islecroft.”
Other messages included -
Whitehill Welfare FC: “Very sorry to hear this, condolences from all at Whitehill Welfare.”
Queen of the South FC: “Sorry to hear this, condolences from everyone here at Queen of the South Football Club.”
Alan Irving: “RIP Frankie one club man and one of the best, loved the Star you will be a sad loss to your family and the club.”
Andy Brolls: “So sorry to hear about Frankie. A real character and a nice man , he will be sadly missed and a huge loss to the club. RIP.”
Gretna FC 2008: “Sorry to hear this sad news. Everyone at Gretna FC 2008 send their deepest condolences to Frankie’s family, friend’s and everyone at Dalbeattie Star FC.”
Ricky McElroy: “Really sorry to hear this. He was such a great guy and a proper character. Thoughts with his family.”