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It is with great sadness that Linfield Football Club announces the death of Kenny McKeague who has passed away at 92 years of age.

Kenny, whose official title was Trainer (later awarded the role of Honorary Trainer), was a man of many facets, including those of mentor, guide, friend and, on occasions, the man who collected fines from errant players.

Part of the backroom staff for longer than most of us can remember, first coming to Windsor Park in 1974, Kenny spent 44 years at Windsor Park before retiring from his role in 2018.

A number of tributes have been paid to Kenny.

Current Manager David Healy MBE said, “When I first arrived at the club, Kenny was an integral part of my staff and a massive help to me as I settled into the job. We all greatly missed Kenny when he stepped back from his position, and it was fitting when the club gave him the Honorary Trainer title.

Kenny lived for Linfield and his passing will be felt by his many friends here at this football club”.

Kit Manager Gary Eccles, benefitted hugely from Kenny’s  advice and assistance.

“Linfield Football Club has truly lost a legend with the death of Kenny McKeague. Kenny gave a major part of his life to Linfield, alongside the likes of David Tibbs, Len Hiller, Terry Hayes and Andy Kerr, and I have lost one of my best friends.

My family, Tanya, Josh & Rebekah, Zara and myself, loved him so much and I have a lifetime of memories to look back on.

God bless you Kenny”.

Further tributes will follow.