Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin has paid tribute to Ken Malley, after he died aged 70.
The chairman of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, Mr Malley passed away yesterday after suffering a stroke.
He took ill last Friday and was being cared for at the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.
A popular and well-respected figure in football, Mr Malley was an executive director of the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF).
He was also a co-founder of the Trust and chaired the members’ open meeting in April at Fratton Park.
Mr Malley also wrote the Sports Mail’s Away-Day Guide for Pompey fans during the season.
Passing on his condolences to Mr Malley’s family and friends, Catlin said his death would be ‘a great loss to both the Trust and the club’.
‘On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ken and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time,’ said the Pompey chief executive.
‘I have known Ken for almost three years and he will be sorely missed by me for both personal and professional reasons.
‘He was a genuinely nice guy, but also a passionate advocate of a better deal for fans at football clubs and his constructive and thoughtful approach is a great loss to both the trust and the club.’
Trust vice chairman, Tom Dearie, echoed Catlin’s sentiments.
‘This is a desperately sad time. Ken will be greatly missed by us all on the PST board, Portsmouth Community Football Club and everyone who knew him,’ he said.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken’s family at this time.’
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