Carrick Rangers mourn Gerard Thompson’s sudden passing

Carrick Rangers pay tribute to Jerry Thompson and urge government to fund mental health

It was announced this morning that Carrick Rangers player, Gerard “Jerry” Thompson passed away suddenly yesterday .

The 24 year old youngster from North Belfast was tremendously popular in the Irish League. Jerry had been impressing for Carrick this season, and was named Man of the Match just Saturday gone, when Carrick Rangers beat Institute.

Thompson was initially named in Carrick’s starting XI to face Glenavon on last night but his name was withdrawn shortly before kick-off.

In a statement, the club said: “Carrick Rangers Football Club is saddened by the very untimely sudden passing earlier today of our friend and player Gerard Thompson. Gerard, or Jerry as he was more affectionately known, joined the Club earlier this season and became an instant hit with his teammates and our supporters.

“He was a larger than life character who brought a fantastic energy and commitment to our Club.

“Although he was only with us for a short time, he will be fondly remembered by everyone associated with Carrick Rangers FC.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Jerry’s family and friends at this difficult and sad time. Rest in peace, Jerry. You will forever be a member of the Amber Army. #JT21.”

Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie tweeted “Forever u will be in my heart young man. An absolute pleasure to have from day one. My heart is broken.”

Teammate Guillame Keke posted a photograph of Jerry with a poignant simple message: “I love you.”

Tributes from across the Irish league and fan base continue to flood Social media all expressing their shock, sadness and deepest sympathy for Jerry’s family and friends.

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