Penicuik Athletic Football Club have lost a “father figure” and a “character you can’t replace” following the death of their physio.
Jeff Gray (54) suffered a heart attack in the dugout during last Saturday’s game against Bathgate Thistle.
The referee abandoned the match as paramedics fought to revive the father of two, but he died en route to the hospital. His funeral takes place on Friday at 1pm, at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh, and is open to the public.
Taxi driver Jeff had been physio at Penicuik Park for 12 years. Player-manager Craig Meikle (34) told how integral Jeff was at Penicuik: “He was a massive part of the club, quite a father figure for the players. He looked after them, spoilt them rotten.
“Just last Thursday night he was making them toast after training, that’s just what he did. He would make them their tea if they had missed their dinner. So he went over and above the call of duty.
“He was a father figure to us all, as we have a very young coaching team here as well.
“He was just one of those characters you meet in life and is different to anyone else. A character you can’t replace.”
Read more on this in the October 3 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.