Scottish club honors dead fan - by using his picture on their jersey

Airdrieonians FC
Airdrieonians have unveiled their new jersey, featuring an unusual tribute to one of their most beloved supporters


Scottish League One side Airdrieonians have found a unique way of honouring one of their biggest fans - featuring his photograph on their new home jersey.

Airdrieonians Supporters' Trust have agreed to take over the sponsorship of the club for the rest of the season, confirming that "the image of legendary Diamond fundraiser Mark Allison will appear on his beloved Airdrie shirt."

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Allison sadly passed away this year, with the club's supporters choosing to pay respect using the new jersey design, as well as offering advertising space to two local organisations who helped him while he battled cancer.

The club received the backing of Allison's family before launching the new jersey, with Mark's sister Julie Timmons showing her approval: “I think it's amazing - Mark would be ecstatic, a dream come true. Incredible... but truly deserved in my humble opinion. I just wish he was here to see it."

Airdrieonians are not the first club or player to perform such a tribute, however, as Argentine goalkeeper Juan Carlos Olave of Belgrano plays all his games with the photograph of his dead cousin on his shirt.

Olave's cousin was famous Cuarteto musician Rodrigo, who died in 2000 at just 27 years of age. As a reult, Olave shows his respect for his Belgrano-supporting cousin by displaying his picture on his goalkeeper's jersey.