Tributes paid after death of IFA coach Gregg

Wes Gregg
Wes Gregg

Tributes have been pouring in for local football coach Wes Gregg who died on Sunday.

Gregg, who worked for the Irish Football Association as Regional Grassroots Development Officer for Mid and East Antrim, was a familiar face to many young players across the area.

Just last month he organised an IFA Nutty Krust Easter camp at Sandy Bay in Larne which was, as ever, well attended by local kids. He also recently helped with a masterclass for Larne Youth’s coaches.

A statement issued on the Irish Football Association website read: “It is with great sadness that we at the Irish Football Association learn of the sudden death of our friend and work colleague Wesley Gregg. This comes as a massive shock to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Irene, his sons Chris and Ricky and the wider Gregg family at this very sad time.

“Wesley was a pivotal figure in our Football Development Department and a friend to all. His passion for football was limitless, infectious and inspiring. He was a friend, a mentor, a fan, a champion, a grandfather, a father, a husband, a brother, a son and a true gentleman.

“He will be deeply missed by the whole football family.”

Wes had strong links with Coleraine FC and he served the Bannsiders as a coach. Club chairman Colin McKendry passed on the deepest sympaties to the Gregg family circle and friends.

“It is with profound sadness and shock that the Club has learned of the passing of Wes Gregg,” he said.

“Wes was much-respected both on and off the pitch and held in high esteem throughout the senior club and Academy ranks.”