Minute's applause appeal to pay tribute to Ipswich Town fan Chris Reynolds, 21, who died at weekend
PUBLISHED: 13:59 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:35 20 April 2015
Tributes to a 21-year-old Ipswich Town fan who died at the weekend are set to be paid in a minute's applause at Portman Road on Saturday.
Blues supporter Chris Reynolds, of Lowestoft, died at Papworth Hospital in the early hours of Sunday.
Town fans are now being urged to take part in a minute’s applause in the 21st minute of the Blues’ home game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
An Ipswich Town spokesman supported the appeal and confirmed that an article paying tribute to Mr Reynolds written by a family friend will be published in the matchday programme on Saturday.
A talented golfer, Mr Reynolds had been a member of Rookery Park Golf Club in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, since 2006.
Robert Pettett, club secretary of the golf club, said members were “shocked and saddened”.
He said: “The club will not be the same without him. Our thoughts are with Chris’ family and friends at this very difficult time.
“Chris was a talented golfer, enjoying success in five major trophy competitions since joining the club in 2006, aged 12. This included winning the prestigious Fishing Smack Trophy in 2011.
“It was clear from his early play that he would quickly make progress, and under the tutelage of then club professional Martin Elsworthy he soon reduced his handicap to single figures.
“Chris also represented the club at junior and senior level, including the club’s Hambro, Stenson, and Thursday League teams last year.
“Chris’ other big passion was Ipswich Town Football Club. He enjoyed nothing better than winding up members who were Norwich supporters following any defeat. Chris was a cheeky lad, but was always polite and courteous.”
The unofficial Ipswich Town Football Club fan page on Facebook, which is followed by more than 5,000 people, posted yesterday: “This Saturday’s home game against Nottingham Forest there will be a minutes’ applause (21st minute) in memory of Chris Reynolds who sadly passed away today aged 21.
“Please share the word. R.i.p fellow blue.”
An Ipswich Town spokesman said: “A piece will be written in the matchday programme by a family friend and we fully support the fans if they are going to pay their respects in the 21st minute.
“We will also be putting something out on our official Twitter account either on matchday or prior to matchday in support.”
Liz Edwards, chairman of the Ipswich Town Supporters Club, said: “Ipswich Town has responded quickly to support the proposal for applause in the 21st minute.
“It’s an entirely appropriate way to recognise such a tragic loss and I am sure the whole stadium will take part.”