TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a popular, long-standing Chester FC steward.

The club said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn that Steve Morris – who manned the car park entrance on matchdays – had passed away yesterday (April 8).

An online fundraising appeal has been launched by Chester FC fans to support his family and has so far raised more than £400.

In a statement, the Blues said: "Chester Football Club are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Morris – a long standing Steward who worked for the Club for a number of years.

"Steve will be remembered by many Blues fans as the first face they would see on a matchday at the stadium as he manned the car park entrance.

"Whilst the timing of our next game remains unknown, it is safe to say Steve will be missed by all at the Club and we send our best wishes to his friends and family.

"A ‘GoFundMe’ fundraising page has been set up to support Steve’s family at this difficult time."

Chester FC joint manager Anthony Johnson posted on social media: "Devastated to hear this. Spent so much time chin wagging with him at the main gate. Gutted."

The GoFundMe page states: "Steve was a very much-loved steward at Chester FC. He sadly passed away on the 8th April 2020 which has shocked us all.

"As a community club, I feel we owe it to his family to show our appreciation to the dedication he showed at his time at Chester FC.

"Steve you will be sorely missed. Sending our thoughts and love to your family."

To support the fundraising appeal in memory of Steve click here.