Tributes have been paid to Barrie Hipkiss, a truly dedicated Chester FC supporter and long-serving volunteer, who has died at the age of 85.

The football club announced on Friday, May 3 that Barrie had passed away peacefully on Thursday, following a long battle with illness.

A book of condolence is to be available for fans to sign at the Deva Stadium from Tuesday, May 7, at the club office.

Paying tribute, a statement from Chester FC on its website reads: "Chester Football Club’s collective heart is broken as we announce the sad passing of Club President Barrie Hipkiss.

"A lifelong supporter of the Blues, Barrie started watching his team in 1946, and, together with his wife Pam, their lives have been dedicated to the club.

"For more than half a century, the Hipkiss family have been synonymous with our football club.

'Incredible contribution'

"Barrie was liked, respected and trusted by everyone: from chairmen to secretaries, to managers, players, and fans.

"His incredible contribution includes serving as Chairman of the Official Supporters’ Club, organising the Away Travel Club for four decades, and acting as matchday co-ordinator at the Deva Stadium. Over the years, Barrie and Pam also provided accommodation for countless players, welcoming them into their home.

"Barrie’s dedication has been shared with his family, with Pam providing hospitality for visiting directors and guests in the boardroom, their daughters, Jane and Julia, volunteering countless hours alongside their dad to ensure the smooth running of matchdays, and their son, John, working as an assistant groundsman in years gone by.

'We will all miss him dearly'

"In 2022, the South Stand at the Deva Stadium was renamed The Hipkiss Stand in recognition of their outstanding work over the years.

"Barrie is, quite simply put, a Chester legend. We were all proud to call him our friend, and we will all miss him dearly.

"We’re sending all our love to the entire Hipkiss family.

"We will never forget you, Barrie. Rest In Peace."

Adding their tributes in reaction to the news were Grenville Millington, who wrote: "It is with utter sadness I hear of the passing of Barrie. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Paul Carden wrote: "RIP Barrie, really sad news. A top bloke and Chester through and through. Thinking of his friends and family at this sad time."