Local league footballers stood for a minute’s applause in tribute to a much-respected ex-player.

Heart transplant patient Gavin Greig, 23, of Golcar, died last week.

As a nine-year-old Gavin had a heart swap operation and two years later won medals in the British Transplant Games.

Gavin Greig, pictured aged 11, as he prepared to compete in the British Transplant Games. He underwent a heart transplant aged nine.

Tragically, anti-rejection drugs he was given were believed to have caused the cancer which claimed his life 14 years later.

Gavin was a keen and popular sportsman and played football and cricket in Golcar.

At the weekend Golcar United and Walkers Hounds held a minute’s applause in his memory.

Golcar United pay tribute to Gavin Greig
Golcar United pay tribute to Gavin Greig

Other clubs also joined in the tributes with Lepton Highlanders tweeting: “Puts life into perspective. A massive loss so young. Love from everyone at our club #greggy.”

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Tributes also flooded in on the Examiner’s Facebook page.

Carol Hunter said: “This is so sad. Such a lovely young man who had survived a transplant to save his life only for the drugs he had to take to stop rejection giving him this devastating illness.

Walkers Hounds pay tribute to Gavin Greig
Walkers Hounds pay tribute to Gavin Greig

“Thoughts are with his family and friends. Gone far too soon. RIP Gavin xxx.”

David Ian Tullett wrote: “Very sad. He and his family did well in doing what they did grabbing every moment. Condolences to his family and RIP.”

Faisal Sarwary added: “Try to do something good because life is too short. You never know what will happen tomorrow. God bless him and his family.”