ARDROSSAN Winton Rovers are paying tributes to a club stalwart following his passing.

Neil Carnegie was still club director with the Winton Park side, and was an avid supporter of their youth academy.

He also held the position of vice chairman within the academy, whilst he also kept the club's website up to date.

Neil had even earned himself the nickname 'Scoop' due to the match reports he produced during his time following Winton Rovers.

At the time of his passing, he lived by himself, having recently lost his "beloved mum".

Paying tribute on social media, an Ardrossan Winton Rovers representative said: "Those that knew Neil will have lost a good friend and our club has lost a stalwart. RIP Neil."

After hearing the news, many who had associated with Neil were quick to pay homage to the "real gentleman".

Former Winton 'keeper Kenny Pollock commented: "Sad to hear this, Winton man through and through, done so much for the club over the years and was always a real gentleman. Rest easy Neil."

While former boss Sandy Maclean added: "RIP Neil. Absolute gentleman. I can hear his dulcet tone on the phone gently reminding me I hadn't sent him the managers page for the programme. Usually followed by an email."

And another former player, Scott Houston, simply said: "Sad news, Winton man through and through. Thoughts go out to his family and friends."