There was an outpouring of affection for Paul Mariner as Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town fans paid their respects to the former England international striker.
Mariner, who died aged 68 in July, represented both clubs with great distinction so the League One clash between the two teams at a sold-out Home Park on Saturday was the perfect opportunity to remember him and his career.
More than 16,000 fans were inside the Theatre of Greens, including around 1,500 Ipswich supporters, and shortly before kick-off they all joined as one.
Both sets of players gathered around the centre circle as the PA announcer started to read out aloud about Mariner and what he achieved in football.
Even before he had finished doing that, loud clapping broke out from all four packed sides of the stadium, before referee Rob Lewis had the chance to blow his whistle to signal the start of a planned one-minute silence.
Once that tribute was over it was followed by another one, with supporters raising coloured sheets above their heads.
The words MARINER were spelled out in white along the Lyndhurst Stand while the number 9 – the shirt worn by Mariner at both clubs – was highlighted at both ends of the ground.
The stadium-wide display was the work of Nick Tomlinson and his volunteer group PAFC Displays, who had worked all week to prepare for this.
It was their biggest display yet, and the best, and was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm by all those inside the stadium, no matter which club they supported.
Tomlinson later posted on Twitter: “Finally can chill out after a very busy 3 weeks or so arranging this display. Thank you to everyone who made this happen, couldn’t have done it without the volunteers.
“If you like what you have seen from us there is so much more we can do but require donations to pull it off. You can donate to us at our website (pafcdisplays.co.uk).”
Mariner not only played for Argyle, he had a short spell as their boss in the ill-fated 2009/10 Championship campaign, either side of working as the first team coach, first to Paul Sturrock and later Peter Reid.
Current manager Ryan Lowe said: “I thought it was a fantastic occasion today. Paul Mariner’s friends and family were here and he would have been proud.”
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