Today in the course of the Irn-Bru Challenge Cup game against Cove Rangers at Station Park, Forfar it is with deep regret that we report the death of lifelong supporter Billy Whiteside. Billy, the father of our club Treasurer Tommy Whiteside, fell ill and collapsed in the course of the game. Despite the best efforts of medical practitioners at the stadium and by the ambulance service he could not be resuscitated. The game was paused and players left the field.
Crusaders Chairman Stephen Bell commented: "Billy was a lifelong supporter from a strong Crusaders family. He was telling us just today that he first came to Seaview with his father in the 1949-50 season, Crusaders' first season in the senior Irish League. Billy has been a good humoured jocular presence at Seaview (and across all the league's grounds) ever since. He has also travelled with the club across Europe.
On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the efforts of the medical and ambulance staff. It's a sad day for our club, but it will be a comfort that Billy passed away surrounded by friends. Billy will be sorely missed and we would convey our condolences to our esteemed Treasurer, Tommy and the entire family circle. Billy's passing will be marked appropriately at our next home fixture."