Minute’s applause for popular Aberdeen fan after sudden passing

Mark Walker, 49, is understood to have died in Beauly in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Supporters of Ross County and Aberdeen put aside their sporting differences last night for a minute of applause in tribute to an ardent Dons fan who died at the weekend.

Mark Walker, 49, is understood to have died in Beauly in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The touching tribute was made in the 49th minute of the game with one minute representing each year of life and involved both sets of supporters.

The chairman of the Inverness Reds supporters’ group Ken Kerr explained that a member of the group had been in touch with Ross County who agreed make a announcement at the match.

Mr Kerr said: “We will miss him, he was a character, we are devastated, really – it hasn’t sunk in. I will miss him, I knew him for 25 – 30 years. It won’t be the same without him.

“He has been going to games for over 30 years, a season ticket holder for many years a stalwart of the club, he never or rarely missed a match – home or away.”

He added: “He was Beauly born and raised and by all accounts he was well known to the County supporters as well.”

Inverness Reds wrote on their website that they hoped to stage one final tribute on Saturday, this time at Pittodrie for those that could not make the mid-week match.

The group also said: “On behalf of his family, they would like to pass on their thanks for the comments messages and found them to be a real comfort and very heartening during this difficult time.”

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