Tributes paid to '˜a legend of the local game'

Tributes have been paid to former Banbridge Town Football Club stalwart Drew Trainor, who passed away this week.

Friday, 16th March 2018, 4:11 pm
Updated Friday, 16th March 2018, 4:15 pm
'Mr BTFC' Drew Trainor, who passed away on March 15.

Mr Trainor, formerly of Huntly Bungalows, died peacefully at Bannview Care Home on Thursday, March 15.

A post on the Banbridge Town Supporters Club Facebook page described Mr Trainor as “Mr BTFC” and “a legend of the local game”.

It said: “Very sad news has reached us within the last hour..former ‘Mr BTFC ‘ Drew Trainor has passed away in Bannview Care Home..a LEGEND of the local game who dedicated his life to Banbridge Boys Club FC & then BTFC..there will be great sadness in the town when the local footballing fraternity hear of this..Rest in Peace Drew.. YNWA.”

Reacting to the news, one man posted: “Very sad news, 100% Mr football, lost for words at this time. Rest in peace my friend, people will be very saddened by this news.”

Another added: “There will never be another Drew! Football in Banbridge would not be in the healthy state it is in today without Drew Trainor’s influence. A real one-off! Rest in Peace Drew. You leave us all with great memories!”

Also paying tribute, another poster said: “A true gentleman with a big heart. Mr Banbridge Town, he gave many a local footballer a chance to play for the town. RIP Drew will be missed.”

According to a family notice, Mr Trainor’s funeral is due to take place tomorrow (Saturday).

Requiem mass will take place at St Therese Church at 2:30pm.

Mr Trainor will be laid to rest in St Patrick’s cemetery.