Derry City boss Declan Devine praises Brandywell fan

Derry City manager Declan Devine paid a nice tribute to Candy Stripes supporter Hugh Curran, who is currently having some health problems.
Hugh Curran.Hugh Curran.
Hugh Curran.

The Brandywell Pride Supporters Club member, who is the club's Supporters Liaison Officer and is a life-long Derry fan, has been unwell in recent weeks and in his manager's section in Friday night's programme Devine praised all the support and efforts Curran has done over the years.

"Here in the city it has been a difficult time for a lot of people and as a club, our thoughts have been dominated over the past couple of weeks by a man who has been an absolute colossus of a supporter for us. Hugh Curran epitomises everything this football club stands for," Devine stated in the match programme.

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"He is our Supporters Liaison Officer and the type of person who would do anything we asked of him. He even goes with the players every Christmas to the Children's Ward at Altnagelvin Hospital dressed as Santa to help bring a bit of cheer from Derry City.

"And when no supporters were allowed into the ground, he didn't ask for any privileges, instead he got himself a ladder and spent the best part of two hours looking over the outer wall.

"Hugh is one of the main people I point to when I explain to new players what it means to play for this club. He is a proud Derry man and we really appreciate his undivided loyalty.

"Like everybody else I was gutted to hear that Hugh is struggling with his health at present. I know he is very much in everyone's thoughts and I want to send him heartfelt best wishes from every one of us at the Brandywell.

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"We're a very resilient city of course and that's important - especially now. We still have jobs to do and I want to thank our supporters who have stuck with us despite not being able to be at the games. We do not take that support for granted and that is why we will continue to work tirelessly to make this club the best that it can be."