Emotional tributes have been paid to for King’s Lynn and Fakenham Town footballer Adie Hayes who died last week at the age of 36.
The midfielder, who leaves a wife and two daughters had fought a brave fight against a brain tumour.
Mr Hayes was a well respected players and was a good friend of Fakenham manager Wayne Anderson, who paid tribute to his former playing partner.
Mr Anderson said: “My heart is still hurting and will be as I’ve lost a true friend and a great footballer who, in my eyes, had one of the best left foots I’ve seen around.
“He used to say to me ‘what a wand I have Wayno’ and I used to laugh at him because he was right.
“Adie used that wand to score a lot of goals from set plays with it for Lynn and that’s where I spent most of my time with him and we became close friends when we roomed together before away games, playing under Tony Speaing.
“My heart will always have a place for Adie and memories of him will always be in my head because he was a great player and more than that a true friend, I am going to miss you mate.”
Tributes were paid to Adie across the local football world over the weekend, with Kings Lynn, Fakenham and Dereham all paying tribute to his life as well as a special show on BBC Radio Norfolk dedicated to Adie on Friday evening.
A minute’s silence was held both at King’s Lynn’s match against Stourbridge and at Fakenham’s game with Haverhill Rovers on Saturday.
Mr Hayes made the majority of his 94 appearances for Lynn between 2000 and 2002 and made the remainder when he returned for a brief loan spell in 2003.