SCORES of tributes have been paid to a young Chester FC fan from Ellesmere Port who has sadly died of cancer.

Cameron Rowley, 11, was well known to Blues supporters as a determined battler against the the rare desmoplastic small-round-cell tumour (DSRCT), ever since he was diagnosed in 2015.

But despite chemotherapy and surgery to remove tumours at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital and radiotherapy treatment at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Cameron's condition became terminal and his parents Bren and Jacqueline took the decision to stop further treatment last year so Cameron could make the most of the rest of his life.

Earlier this year, a charity football tournament called the Cameron Cup was held, with high-profile support coming via video messages from footballers Jamie Carragher and Wayne Rooney and boxer Tony Bellew, with nearly £20,000 of proceeds raised going to Cameron's family.

The former Oaks Primary School, Ellesmere Port youngster also led out the Chester FC youth team in February this year as a mascot in the team's 1-0 National League U19 Alliance Cup victory against Gateshead.

Cameron sadly died on Monday, August 6. His dad Bren Rowley led the tributes.

He wrote on Facebook: "It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I tell you this afternoon my hero Cameron grew his angel wings and flew to heaven. He was surrounded by his loving family.

"He found peace with all the support from his family and many friends and has now moved on to a pain-free place.

"He was such a loving and giving person and everything that made him the best person we know will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him.

"I could never be more proud of you son for never giving up, you have battled hard for over three years, you were the best role model for your brothers.

"You spread happiness and joy in everything you did and I am so thankful and privileged to be your dad, Cameron Rowley.

"Sweet dreams son, goodnight god bless, I love you more than anything in the world."

The Chester FC club account put out a tribute on social media following the team's 3-0 win at Curzon Ashton on Monday night.

It said: "Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of Cameron Rowley – who has sadly passed away. He was an inspiration to many, and will be missed. That win tonight was for you, mate."

Blues joint manager Anthony Johnson wrote on Twitter: "Sad news to hear about the very brave Cameron Rowley tonight. RIP young man."

Former Chester FC boss Steve Burr wrote: "Very sad to hear the news of young Cameron Rowley. Amazing little character who loved Chester FC, RIP little fella."

Player Matty Hughes, who rejoined the club this season, wrote: "Words can’t describe what all the family are going through right now I’m so sorry.

"Met Cameron back in 2015 at our training session and stayed in touch ever since, what an absolute hero and inspiration he was not only to me but everyone who ever met this little boy.

"You’ve fought till the very end and I’m so proud of you! Goodnight god bless my little buddy."

Former Chester FC defender Ben Heneghan, who currently plays for Blackpool, wrote: "Devastated to hear the sad news of the passing of young Cameron Rowley, such a brave little man, always a smile on his face, sleep tight little man, you are loved by many."

The Chester FC Youth Academy wrote: "Everyone at the Chester FC Youth Academy is sending their condolences to the family and friends of Cameron Rowley who has passed away this evening.

"You courageous little boy, thank you for inspiring us."

Jim Green, chief executive of the club's Community Trust programme, added: "Devastating news to come home to. Cameron was an inspirational young man, never letting the challenges he faced get in the way of his love for football or the Blues.

"Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight. RIP Cameron Rowley."

The club's stadium announcer Robbie Clegg wrote: "Let’s just dedicate our first win this season to the memory of Cameron Rowley. 'A real fighter' and a true blessing to his family. Heartbreaking news!"