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'A font of knowledge on the club and fiercely loyal' - Former Walsall players pay tribute to super fan Stan

Former Walsall players have spoken of their admiration and respect for club 'super fan' Stan Blandford, who has died at the age of 73.

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'Loyalty' - Martin O'Connor

The Saddlers fan had attended thousands of games home and away and passed away on Tuesday, just hours before his heroes beat Morecambe 3-0 in a league game at Bescot Stadium

News of his passing was made public by the club yesterday and scores of tributes were paid on social media, including from ex players, with former goalkeeper Jimmy Walker saying: "Stan was a great man…a true gent and Walsall through and through. RIP Stan….always grateful for the support he gave me and the lads over the years."

Tribute - Jimmy Walker

Speaking to the Express and Star, former club skipper and caretaker manager Martin O'Connor said he had fond memories of Stan, who used to car share with his mother to travel to away games.

'Loyalty' - Martin O'Connor