The Derry City F.C. supporters who erected banners in respect of five year-old Oscar Knox who lost his battle with cancer this week said the little Antrim lad’s story ‘touched their hearts’.
In a statement to issued to DerryJournal.com the group said they felt the Brandywell a fitting arena to show their support for a young boy who was passionate Glasgow Celtic fan.
“The banner was produced and displayed by the Red Partisans and others in Brandywell’s Block K as a mark of respect to Oscar Knox.
“Oscar’s story touched the hearts of the group just as it has for many others.
“Wee Oscar’s relationship with his own team became symbolic of his fight and journey so we thought a football match was as fitting place as any to pay tribute.”
Five year-old Mallusk boy Oscar Knox lost his battle against cancer on Thursday afternoon.
Oscar’s parents announced their son’s death via social network site Twitter.
In a full statement, his family said: “Oscar has brought unimaginable joy to our family with his smile and his infectious personality.
“Our little superhero achieved so much in his short life and inspired so many people throughout the world to do so many amazing things. It is something we are incredibly proud of.
“We wish to take this opportunity once again to thank all of Oscar’s followers the world over for everything they have done for us and for the wonderful kindness and generosity that has been shown.
“We also want to thank the teams at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and NI Children’s Hospice whose kindness and compassion has been nothing short of amazing.
“Nothing can ever take the pain away but knowing we were supported so much and that Oscar was loved so much, brings great comfort.”
A ceremony, described as a “celebration of Oscar’s life”, will be held in St Bernard’s Church, Glengormley, tomorrow (Sunday May 11).