TRIBUTES have been paid after the death of Tony Goodall, who was a key figure in setting up Pompey fan groups.
The 49-year-old passed away in hospital early on Saturday morning after suffering a stroke two weeks ago.
He had been taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, before being transferred to Southampton General Hospital.
Mr Goodall, from Old Portsmouth, had worked as a senior executive officer in Whale Island.
He was a well-known and popular figure among Pompey supporters for his tireless work on their behalf.
He was spokesman and co-ordinator for the Pompey Independent Supporters Association (Pisa).
Barry Dewing, Pisa member and close friend, 49, said: ‘I have known him for about 30 years and he loved the city and the football club.’
Mr Goodall was also a founder member of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.
His close friend Tony Chamberlain, 47, of Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘He was a great person.
‘He was a fun-loving person and lived his life to the fullest.
‘He was always there to help other people and will be missed.’
His passion for Pompey saw him chair the most recent fans’ conference, when administrator Trevor Birch met supporter groups and bodies.
Mr Birch said: ‘It’s incredibly sad news.
‘My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
‘I remember him sitting in the front row and the first meeting and it was clear he cared greatly for the club and he will be sorely missed.’
A spokesman for Portsmouth Football Club said: ‘Everyone at the club was shocked and saddened to hear about Tony’s death.
‘As a prominent member of Pisa and the trust, he did a lot of great work on behalf of all fans.
‘Tony was well known to many members of staff at Pompey and we will miss seeing him at Fratton Park.
‘Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
‘May he rest in peace.’
Mr Goodall is survived by sons Nick and Sam.