Huddersfield Town fans are being urged to join in a minute’s applause in memory of heart swap footballer Gavin Greig.
Gavin, 23, of Golcar, had a heart transplant when he was just nine years old.
But anti-rejection drugs caused the cancer which claimed his life last week.
Gavin, a local league goalkeeper, was a keen Town supporter and now his friends are planning a tribute from the terraces at Town’s home game against Cardiff on Saturday.
Lifelong pal Jordan Wood paid his own tribute to ‘Greggy’ and urged fans at the John Smith’s Stadium to join in a minute’s applause starting in the 23rd minute, a reference to Gavin’s age.
Gavin, a former student at Colne Valley High School, played football and cricket and Jordan said: “He was one in a million and throughout his life he made us all proud in what he achieved.
“He’ll never be forgotten and we know he’ll always be watching over us. He’s 23 never out.”
Jordan also tweeted: “If I become half the man that my lad @GavinGreig was then I’ll be happy.”
Word of the stadium tribute has spread on social media and Town’s supporter liaison officer Nathan Hosker has enlisted the backing of his counterpart at Cardiff, Adam Gilliatt, who tweeted Bluebirds fans asking them to join in.
Adam tweeted: “All #Bluebirds travelling to @htafcdotcom are asked to join in a #23rdminuteapplause for a Huddersfield Town fan who has passed away.”
Last weekend several local football teams stood in tribute at matches including one of Gavin’s former clubs Town Rangers FC and also Cask FC, FC Nightingale and Linthwaite Sunday FC.
Town’s commercial director Sean Jarvis tweeted a copy of the Examiner’s tribute piece on Monday and said: “So sad to read this. Always sad to lose a Terrier #23rdminuteapplause on Saturday #rip.