GARNOCK Valley rivals have united to pay tribute to a former player following his sad passing.

Paul Brown featured for a number of years for both Kilbirnie Ladeside and Beith Juniors - amongst other sides such as Largs Thistle - before his retirement from the game.

After being informed of the news of his passing, both clubs were quick to pay their respects to local man 'Broony' who certainly left his mark on the area.

A Kilbirnie Ladeside committee statement said: "It is with deep sorrow we hear of the passing of our ex-player Paul Brown - a Kilbirnie boy who played with distinction for both Ladeside and Beith Juniors.

"Beyond his football talents Paul was a very likeable guy, the out pouring of fried is testimony to how well he was liked in the Garnock Valley and beyond.

"A very said day for the town and most of all for his family.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and Paul's close friends at this extremely sad time."

Despite being a Kilbrinie boy, Paul also spent six very successful seasons at Bellsdale Park - with his other former club also quick to pay tribute.

A Beith statement said: "All at Beith Juniors are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former player Paul Brown

"Broony, though Kilbirnie through and through, played 145 times for The Mighty, starting 134 times, scoring 10 goals. He signed for Beith Juniors in 2000 and featured over the next six seasons.

"He was a fans favourite who wore his heart on his sleeve, although that helped contribute to his eight red cards! Paul's six-season spell also saw the club win four cups.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Paul's family and friends A life taken too young, may you be at peace Broony."

Both club's are expected to arrange further tributes at matches in due course.