Ribbleton FC has paid tribute following the death of one of their football coaches.Advertisement
Kieran Miller, who managed their under-nines team despite suffering from cystic fibrosis, died this week aged 28.
A statement from the club said: “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of our U9 Black coach Kieran Miller.
“Kieran was a much loved and respected coach who was truly inspirational. Despite his illness, he had a smile for everyone and the heart of a lion.
“We are so proud that Kieran chose to coach and manage at Ribbleton. As well as managing his own team he ran our girls night and he also helped out at our development night. Whenever we needed help he was there and he loved our club so much.
“He will be sorely missed by all of his players, parents and fellow coaches.
“We send our condolences to his family, partner and friends.
“Breathe easy Kieran, we will never forget you. Forever Green Army”
Kieran bravely battled the illness from the age of three. He underwent a double lung transplant three years ago.
Terry Clayton, chairman of Ribbleton FC, also paid tribute: “Kieran you will be sadly missed by all at Ribbleton FC.
“You lived and breathed this club and you couldn’t do enough for us, and you didn’t even have a child at the club.
“A true example of how a kids football coach should be.
“You will never be forgotten by us, always smiling and it was a pleasure to have met and coached with you.
“It’s people like you that make this club the great club that it is.”