Title captain Strain leads tributes after sudden death of Ports supporter

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The Portadown Football Club family lost one of its most colourful members this week with the sudden death of Michael (Mickey) Moore.

Mickey will be remembered by generations of supporters for his love for life in general and the Ports in particular.

Brian Strain - captain of the club’s first title-winning side in 1990 - took to social media to pay tribute.

“RIP Mickey,” posted Strain on his Facebook page. “A real character and great supporter through my time at the club.

“Sympathy to all his friends and family on behalf of the team.”

Mickey, in many ways, encapsulated the appeal of Irish League football.

His presence on the terraces served as an example of the connection available in the football community.

Mickey’s sense of humour and love for the club ensured a warm welcome to any fellow fan who shared in those ideals.

Many supporters this week spoke of Mickey as a familiar face down the decades during the highs and lows experienced together in support of the Ports.

Individual fans sent out messages of sympathy and recognition - with one describing him as “everyone’s friend and no-one’s enemy”.

His interests extended to music and angling but Mickey’s passion for the Ports secured a place as a popular figure in the community.

A service was scheduled for today (Thursday) at Joseph Poots and Son’s Funeral Home from 12 noon, followed by interment in Seagoe Cemetery.

Deepest sympathies from Portadown officials and supporters to the Moore family.