Tributes paid after sudden death of ‘relentlessly dedicated’ activist for Manchester United supporters

Tributes have been paid to a devoted activist who did ‘a lot’ for Manchester United fans following his sudden death. Ian Stirling had been a match in the red since the 1970s and joined the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) in 2004.

He acted as the organization’s independent supporters liaison officer and was a central figure in the campaign for the introduction of the safe position at Old Trafford. He regularly appeared in the media as an expert on fan issues.

Earlier today, MUST said that Ian was seriously ill at the hospital. Tonight, it was confirmed that he had sadly died.

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A statement read: “MUST regrets to report that Ian Stirling, our great friend and brilliant ISLO, has passed away. We send our love, prayers and deepest condolences to Ian’s wife Lynn, daughter Lucy and all friends and loved ones of Ian in this sad time.

“At this time, everyone at MUST is totally shocked and heartbroken at this terrible news.”

Journalist Andy Mitten, editor of fanzine United We Stand, tweeted: “Devastating news about Ian Stirling. He did so much for Manchester United fans for so long.”

Ian had watched matches at Old Trafford since the 1970s.(Image: MUST)

“A stalwart, he was instrumental in ensuring safety back at Old Trafford. Trusted, respected, credible, approachable, J Stand and more loved than he ever knew. Rest in peace, Ian.”


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