WHITCHURCH Alport FC have paid tribute to one of their top supporters, who died a road traffic collision on Sunday morning.

Aaron Millington, 22, was involved in a collision on the A525 near to Horseman's Green at around 3.30am on Sunday, January 5, along with two other people.

A lifelong fan of Whitchurch Alport, Aaron followed the club through thick and thin, even getting the club's badge tattooed onto his chest.

In a public statement Whitchurch Alport chairman Luke Goddard said it was a huge shock to announce the sudden passing of Aaron.

"Azza was more than just a supporter at Yockings Park, he was the embodiment of the spirit and togetherness that makes WAFC unique," said Luke

"If there was something happening at Whitchurch Alport you could guarantee Aaron would be involved whether that was a matchday, work at the ground, or even a fundraising event. He embraced Alport and we embraced him as one of our own.

"At the beginning of the 2017 – 2018 season, a bank holiday game at AFC Blackpool brought glorious weather and a healthy following from the town.

"As usual, Aaron was there but the circumstances were very unusual. Thinking he had no chance of a lift to the game; he had taken it upon himself to pay for train travel from Whitchurch to Blackpool at a cost of £80.

"We immediately gave him a free season ticket to Yockings Park and he was emotional accepting it.

"At the end of last season, alongside his good friend Tommy Knowles, both were presented with signed Alport jerseys from the club as a thank you for their commitment at both home and away matches.

"Probably the lasting and most recent memory where Aaron showed his love for his local football club was back in the summer when he promised if the team won the Huddersfield Cup he would have his first tattoo in the form of the Whitchurch Alport crest on his chest.

"We went on to win the Cup and Aaron stuck to his word by having the tattoo done. A crazy thing to do for a club at our level but that was Aaron and why we loved him so much at Yockings.

"Despite the team's recent poor form, he was the first to clap the lads off and show his support to everyone just as he always did, no matter what the result or where we played in the country.

"It's an understatement to say he will be missed; it simply will not be the same place up at Yockings Park or on the away coach without him present. His smile and personality will shine down on us all."

The club goes on to say their thoughts are with Aaron's family and friends and thanked the North West Counties Football League and Skelmersdale United for postponing Monday's fixture.