Dundalk fans were rocked by the passing of former communications officer Colm Crosson following a short illness on Saturday.
Colm, from Lambtown in Ardee, was a well known supporter who played a crucial role for the club behind the scenes during the Gerry Matthews era.
Indeed, he spearheaded the BETOP campaign (Bring Europe To Oriel Park) which involved the advance selling of tickets to ensure seats could be acquired so that the club could host their 2010 European match at Oriel Park.
He was also instrumental in various other initiatives such as the club lotto and player sponsorship which brought vital funds into the club during a time of recession.
A big supporter of the local media, his passion for the club made him hugely popular with both Dundalk supporters and those in general League of Ireland circles. He was also a huge Republic of Ireland fan and attended Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94.
Colm is survived by wife Perpetua, children Aisling, Caoimhe, Cillian and Shane, siblings Seán, Séamus, Noeleen and Ciarán and son-in-law Ian, as well as a wider circle of family and friends. He was pre-deceased by his parents James and Molloy and bothers Gerard and Ronan.
Colm’s passing follows on from the death of former Dundalk player Mick Millington on Sunday January 10th.
From Castleknock in Dublin, Mick – who turned 80 last month – played for Dundalk for just over five seasons from 1965 to 1970. In total he played 183 times for the club, primarily at right half back, scoring 5 times.
Mick, who won the League, Shield and Top Four Cup treble with Dundalk in 1966-67 and the City Cup in 68/69, also had spells at Shamrock Rovers, Aston Villa, Cork Celtic, Glentoran and St Patrick’s Athletic. He was also the first Dundalk player to be sent-off in Europe following his red card away to Vasas in 1967.
Mick was also part of the first Dundalk side to play on the revamped Oriel Park when the side lost 5-0 to Nottingham Forest on August 7th 1966. He – along with Christy Barron, Patsy McKeown and Paddy Turner – were the only survivors from the last game on the old pitch the previous March – a 6-3 defeat to Cork Hibs.