Rothwell Town FC legend Mick Keall has passed away aged 54.
The former Rothwell Town captain, who lived in Corby, died last week.
He joined Rothwell in the 80s and stayed until the early 90s, before turning out for Corby Town FC before returning to Rothwell.
His former teammate Dennis Robertson led warm tributes to Mr Keall.
He said: “Mick would be ready to run through brick walls for the cause, played with his heart on his sleeve and was simply unplayable when on top form.
“For a big man Mick had a superb touch, was quick and scored many goals through his big heart, huge will to win and skills which should have gone to play at an even higher standard.
“If the team was ever in need of inspiration due to difficulties it was invariably Mick that provided an answer.
“Mick was the heartbeat of a very successful Rothwell Town team and was a joy to play football with.
“It is a very sad day with his passing for all of us who played with and against one of local footballs best loved characters. “His infectious humour and geordie tones will be sorely missed.”
Mr Keall leaves behind a wife, two children, and a grandchild.
His funeral is taking place tomorrow morning at 10am at Our Lady’s Church, in Occupation Road, Corby.