Scottish team honours recently deceased fan with jersey tribute

Mark Allison's face will be on Airdrieonians' kit for the season

BY Daniel Kelly 13:56 Wednesday 14 December 2016, 13:56 14 Dec 2016

Picture by: Airdrieonians

Scottish League One side Airdrieonians have taken the unprecedented step of playing in jerseys for the rest of the season, bearing the face of a fan who died last summer.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that the Airdrieonians Supporters' Trust were to sponsor the team for the rest of the season. Instead of adding their own logo to the kits, the face of Mark Allison, a fan who died from pancreatic cancer earlier this summer.

After being diagnosed with the disease, the 49-year-old spent his final two years fundraising for cancer charities throughout Scotland.

Speaking at the launch of the announcement of the unique deal, Willie Marshall, Supporters Trust chairman said: "We are delighted to continue the legacy which Mark Allison began, and hope to build on his work with Maggies and St Andrews Hospice now and in the future."

"During his illness Mark invested everything he had into raising funds for worthy causes and the Trust felt this should not be forgotten.

"His love of Airdrie inspired the Trust to celebrate his memory in this unique way - by putting his face below the beloved red Diamond."

It's a unique idea, and looks like a fitting tribute to Allison.

Airdrieonians are currently in second place in the league, seven points behind leaders Livingston.

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