Tributes paid to tragic Maybole captain

Tributes have been paid to Maybole Juniors captain Stuart McGrady who passed away suddenly on Saturday at the age of just 29.

McGrady had played just hours before in his side’s 3-0 win at Ardeer. He had joined the club from Queen’s Park in 2009 and was a fans’ favourite.

He also had spells at Ayr United and Cumnock Juniors.

Tributes have been paid across the footballing spectrum to a junior football captain who passed away in his sleep.

Maybole FC paid tribute to their captain on Facebook saying that they were shocked and saddened by the news and their thoughts were with his family.

They described him as a real bloke who noone had a bad word to say about and that he was a true captain and teammate who instantly earned respect for the way they competed.

The club added that they would like to thank everyone for their kind words and that he will be missed not only by those at Ladywell Stadium but across the whole community of junior football, and that they would miss him not only as a player but also as a friend who went out of his way for you.

Several other tributes were paid on social media by fellow junior clubs. Cumnock Juniors FC said: “Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of former player Stuart McGrady. You will be sadly missed.”

Troon FC said: “Shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Maybole FC captain Stuart McGrady.”

Maybole are hoping to have Saturday’s game at Shettleston postponed as a mark of respect.