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Aberdeen fans prepare flag tribute for football coach Kevin Bartlet

Aberdeen fans prepare flag tribute for football coach Kevin Bartlet

Aberdeen FC have backed plans for a fans' tribute to football coach and Dons fan Kevin Bartlet.

The 32-year-old from Ellon went missing last month and was subsequently found dead.

He was the president of the Aberdeenshire Secondary Schools Football Association, a youth coach at the Meadows club in Ellon, and a popular figure in north-east sporting circles.

The news has caused widespread sadness and Aberdeen supporters are planning to stage an event in his honour at the SPFL match against St Johnstone on October 3.

They will unveil a banner at Pittodrie with the message: "AFC born and bred. Always a red. RIP, big Kev."

The idea has been backed both by other fans and the club itself.

  (STV)
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A spokesman for Aberdeen FC said: "Kevin was well known to many at the club.

"And we are only too happy to support the planned tribute in any way we can."

James Bruce, an Ellon-based supporter, who came up with the idea, has urged Dons aficionados to join him and his colleagues.

He said: "This is to give Kev the send-off he deserves, after years dedicated to the Dandies and coaching youngsters across the Shire."

  (James Bruce)
via STV via STV

James added: "I have been given permission [by Aberdeen FC] to have the banner displayed throughout the St Johnstone game.

"And I would love it if as many flags as possible could be brought along and flown at the St Johnstone match."

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